"People try to pigeonhole me as preppy. I don't feel like I'm preppy at all. There's a base of that, but there's a base of that in any American menswear designer. The two poles of American menswear are Ralph Lauren as the superego and Calvin Klein as the id—and I want to start going more toward the id. This (collection) felt like a big step in scraping preppy off. You talk about American heritage; one of our biggest heritages is sex. I don't feel like that's been out there enough." – Michael Bastian
In today's culture, preppiness is often devoid of sex appeal. But not at the house of MICHAEL BASTIAN, which continues to bring swagger back to American sportswear. Signature summer sport jackets, tailored trousers and short shorts frame the collection in softened sorbets, greys and classic tans. Aviator sunglasses, open shirts, and bikini bottoms (paired with knit tops) create a provocative late 70s, early 80s undercurrent.