Rum Diary: Michael Bastian Spring 2014

A few tongue-in-cheek photos from Michael Bastian’s own Instagram account sum up the designer’s message for Spring 2014 quite nicely. In stark contrast to the upstate New York native’s prior collection (as discussed in our Q&A here), which traversed ominous backwoods in the rural Northeast, his new offering, unveiled recently at New York Fashion Week, conjures jaunty vibes of a booze-fueled bender on the French Riviera.


Despite the disparate visions for fall and spring, a common thread in Bastian’s work is attention to detail. This time, instead of stacking layers of gothic black and hunting gear (in the mode of fall’s The Crow goes to Cabela’s), Bastian piled pattern upon smirking pattern. Pineapples on plaid on leopard? No problem for Bastian’s European vacationer. While the rest of us might not take it to the same extreme—Bastian’s been quoted as calling it “print abuse”—we can all benefit from introducing a tasteful pop of pattern or two into the mix next spring.

Check out our favorite looks and key takeaways from Michael Bastian Spring ’14 below.

Jacket Required. Bastian’s dinner-ready gents were all business from the waist up—and ready to work on their tans below the belt. Wild pattern mixes notwithstanding, we’ll take this as evidence that the sportcoat-with-shorts look is still going strong. Just make sure they’re trim-fitting and above the knee.

Sweater Weather. For the top deck, the beach and winding your way back to the chateau after a night on the town—sweaters are a midweight spring staple. Bastian’s classic crewneck returns every season in a new motif, this time referencing extreme leisure (full-body backgammon) and the thrill of the hunt (abstract animal print).

Beach-Ready. The collection’s most casual offerings ranged from an utterly eclectic beachcomber (center) to athletic-inspired gear mixed with tailored shorts and trousers—the latter being our favorite for shifting nonchalantly from cruising the boardwalk to grabbing a coffee or cocktail with the French girl you just met.


And see the full Spring ’14 runway at


[Instagram photos via @mbastiannyc and @bastiangirl on Instagram. Runway photos by Marcus Tondo, via]

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