Michael Bastian is known for his now iconic take on menswear: preppy, luxurious, chic, and sexy, yet easy and modern, rugged, and very fun. His collection presentations, styled with care and precision, read as a high-gloss Slim Aarons photo come to life. And you might extrapolate upon the famous Aarons quote and conclude that Mr. Bastian produces attractive clothes for attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.
If you are like me and closely follow the collections presented during fashion week season after season, year after year, then there is likely a designer or two whom you just can't wait to see send their first look down the catwalk. And like me, as you anxiously wait for the collection to be presented, you hope, wish, and pray that the designer doesn't stray too far from what it is that do so well and that you adore so much.
Looking for a collection that is smart, filled with luxury, wearable from head to toe, slightly "geeky" (in the coolest way possible), and can be pulled off with confidence whether you are 22 or 62? You are going to be very well served with Pablo Coppola's presentation for Bally Fall 2015.
Does anyone else believe that -- somewhere in a very glamorous "beyond" -- Yves Saint Laurent is shouting his firm disapproval? For Saint Laurent's Fall 2015 collection Hedi Slimane threw every Parisian rocker cliche in the book down the runway and proved, yet again, that he seems to be a one trick pony. Enough already.
John Ray's foray into runway for Dunhill Fall 2015 is certainly my favorite collection coming out of London Fashion Week. The still relatively new creative director of the legendary brand is focused on the man wearing the clothes, the wit that is intrinsic to British menswear, and the legacy of who Alfred Dunhill was and what he represented.
Along with several other designers, it seems as though film director Wes Anderson may have been on Christopher Bailey's mind while developing what the Prorsum man would be wearing come fall. I can just imagine Adrian Brody and Ralph Fiennes frantically running through the streets of a quaint imagined ghetto draped in any one of these haute looks. The show had a moody, nostalgic warmth, and the overall look was eclectic boho, and for the most part, decidedly smart.