On Wednesday night, designer Michael Bastian presented his first women’s collection for Gant, the classic American menswear brand. The show? A perfect blend of 1950s casual sophistication with a cheeky take on modern American sportswear.
It’s inevitable, really. No matter your level of steely determination or the limits of your bank account, you will covet something—a maxi (non-mini) skirt, a cashmere sweater, a shiny new pair of penny loafers—once you take a gander at a September fashion magazine, stroll down Fifth Avenue, or simply notice how everyone around you has emerged from the sweltering New York heat fashionably clad in the season’s newest trends. And if you are as neurotic as I am, you’ll need a way to capture this new fashion vision as it takes shape.
Fall has always been the best time of year for fashion in New York City. The weather is finally cooling after endless humidity. Thick glossies are piled high on newsstands. And we, denizens of the city's five boroughs, will once again partake in storied activities like strolling through Central Park, popping in and out of galleries, window shopping in SoHo, and lingering over brunch. But only after donning our fall best.