It has to be hard to follow the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 with a fashion show. Not to mention the earthquake, the hurricane and a new terror threat. No wonder Fashion Week is the talk of this city. Sometimes all you wanna do is nothing.
Michael Bastian's, James Dean For A Day, was a welcome break from weeks of siege on our fort. Looking out the embrasure, it seemed to be one enemy after another until today when we all marched off the gun deck and down into the courtyard where we saw a show.
And this time there was a runway. With loud music. And models and some surprises.
Things start off with James Dean.
While the look is an icon -- the take home was, where do I get these glasses? The entire show was that eyeglass section in the back of a Ben Silver catalog. A collection of tasteful frames that I hope helps end the small rectangle, Anal-Swiss-Accountant, look that's been going on far too long.
What I didn't know: These glasses were jointly reproduced with Bastian by Randolph Engineering from an actual pair worn by James Dean and include clip on sun glasses.
Yeah, that's a pocket watch. I don't get it either, but I do get the Fair Isle sweater that is tweaked with respect. Understated with an 80's preppy elegance. Bastian beats Bean but then he always did as you see here.
What I didn't know: The pocket watch is a reference to Dean's own watch worn in East of Eden
I have had an age old prejudice against red and black. Perhaps because I love blue and orange. As we used to say down south, "It's darned hard to wear red and black without it being from those two designer sisters, Poly and Esther." Nice tie though.
I don't think there was a collar in this show that was not popped. This model is a dead ringer for a guy in college who had an affair with my steady girlfriend -- Lets just move on.
80's board trunks with a California, Hang Ten aesthetic that was inspired from Gant in the 60's. Funny how this all comes full circle.
I hung out with the photographers this time. The place to be. They get to yell, "Uncross your legs!" and "Lean Back!"
And the risers are a perfect vantage point for this wonderful western pearl snap shirt and James Dean glasses.
My favorite shirt of the show.
Anorak and bow tie. Did James Dean work for a car park service in LA?
A better bow tie and jacket. I wish it were mohair. Something light and cool but impossible to find anymore. Again, the glasses are wonderful but I'd skip the hat.
I like it but not together.
A lotta flash.
Window pane frock coat. Dramatic with echos of Favourbrook and late 19th century London. Lunch at Foxtrot Oscar. Dancing at the Roof Gardens. "Who towed my DB7?"
This looks like it walked out of 'M' Magazine -circa 1986- which ripped it out of Apparel Arts Magazine in 1936. Can't get too much window pane or patch pockets. I don't wear my sleeves like that but neither does anybody else.
The denim-calico-John Denver-Country Roads-Christmas Special didn't look good in 1974. Almost 40 years later it hasn't aged well. But I think the kids will latch onto it in a big way.
"When I grow up I wanna pump gas." The Americana, 'Gas Station Attendant' look was happily out of place. The shirt is US Navy chambray but I'm at a loss when it comes to his cover.
I've never known a man with legs like this - Someone let me know about the other shoe.
What I didn't know: The other Stubbs shoe says, "Bastard" in honor of Dean's Porsche.
Somethin' the kids can get jiggy wit - But men are gonna need major stones.
Why hasn't this gone away?
Hip enough for a Buddy Holly, three day beard, Pabst swillin', blogger but I like it too.
What I didn't know: Stubbs.
Red was everywhere.
Under 40 with a 30" waist? Own this '60s inspired shawl collar DJ.
Over 40 with a 34" waist? Own this double breasted DJ with ticket pocket...
with tartan trousers and patent leather Belgians. Sockless with evening wear is vulgar but this is a runway and you are not.
Bastian's Bastion- It's more than a fort. There's a moat as well. In the insipid world of, "RugHilfigCrew" Michael Bastian drags slow match across a cannon vent hole and fires off solid shot. Young, to be sure, but the grown ups are in the room. Williamsburg loaded but an element of Sutton Place with gray at the temples and walking a Wire Fox Terrier on east 57th Street.
Afterwards- Bob Buffoonery & Tom Foolery...
from the folks...
who tell us what to wear.