Michael Bastian :: Fall 08

Michael Bastian is probably my favorite American menswear designer right now, hands down. Regardless of some critisism he's received for his Fall 08 collection, I LOVE it! I like his take on the American classics. Upon graduation, he's definitely someone I'd like to work for and learn from.

Bastian was born in Lyons, New York, a small Upstate town near Lake Ontario. After graduating from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, he moved to New York City, where his first job was as an Assistant Buyer at Abraham & Strauss. This was followed by positions within Sotheby's, Tiffany & Co., Polo Ralph Lauren, and most recently, Bergdorf Goodman, where he was the men's fashion director for five years. It was this experience that led Bastian to launch his own men's wear line, MICHAEL BASTIAN. Now in its fourth season, MICHAEL BASTIAN is carried in over 40 retail locations in America, Canada, Japan, England and the Middle East. Bastian was nominated for the CFDA Newcomer Menswear Designer of the Year in 2007, and is a finalist for this year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award. He has recently been appointed Creative Director for Menswear at Bill Blass, to be launched with the Fall/Winter 2008 collection.

Check out some of my favorites from his 300-piece Fall 08 collection below.