14 September 2012
In fleeing the Preppy scene, the M.O. of most designers nowadays, King of Lacrosse, Michael Bastian, has thrown his driving glove down and drawn a line in the hot sand of Spring / Summer 2013 with his insistence he was never Ralph Lauren - Preppy but more... Calvin Klein.
I seemed to get more of a, 'Fire Island High School, Class of '77,' vibe...not that there's anything wrong with that. I see the attraction young men who missed those years might have to the late '70s look. Many are calling it 'louche.' I think of it as 'unemployed.'
As a runway show, on a Sunday at noon, it seemed like a single malt and a cigar at nine in the morning. I guess that's my problem. Wrong time, bad place and what the hell's the occasion? As a straight man who's been getting solicitations from AARP -- this collection is probably far to the port of my wheelhouse and, I'll admit, waist size.
There was a lot of excess belt hanging off the waist and looking a tad flacid. Meanwhile, all collars stood at 'popped' attention. Okay, I get that it's a show and that it was never meant for someone like me. I understand that. But I don't think any of Bastian's shows were ever for someone like me.
There was charm, humor and entertainment that I really enjoyed in those old shows. The clothing might not suit me but that didn't mean I couldn't appreciate it. I try to keep in mind that clothes are only as impressive as the wearer...not that an unemployed high school kid on Fire Island isn't impressive.