Manhattan’s most eligible bachelors — ahem, male models — showcased yet another dandy collection for menswear maven Michael Bastian during his Autumn/Winter 2012 show at the Exit Art runway on Monday. “The Extra Man,” as the collection was titled, drew from a 1974 New York Times article which assembled the “most-wanted” men from a few damsels’ little black books. There were no unisex cuts or effeminate designs here; just well-dressed men who’d make any woman swoon.
The show started with a refined navy and white pinstriped suit in the classic double-breasted cut. It went on to include the coupling of a cashmere cardigan over a three-piece plaid suit, and more relaxed looks: mix-matched blazer-pant combos and plaid peacoats worn with the perfect pair of jeans. What we really loved is that Bastian showed that guys can still be guys and accessorize. A “Daschund” scarf can pare down business attire, a bright red sock can liven up your black-and-white color scheme, while a pocket square or resin boutonniere can become the talking point of your sartorial conversation. (Speaking of sartorial, Scott Schuman was front row, and a 41-year-old Tyson Beckford walked the runway, still looking as flawless as ever).
As last year’s CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, Bastian, as expected, gave us truly masculine looks, textures, and silhouettes that will make your number one guy a fan of fashion. Swagger sold separately.