|I wore… Skirt & Blouse by Whistles, Topshop wedges,
Marc Jacobs handbag & necklace by Anne Bowes Jewellery
After a swift trip back to The Standard for an outfit change it was once again time to brave the heat. Slowely and ever-so-slightly sweatily we made the short journey (not so short in 6 inch heels mind you) over to 18th Street where ultra cool downtown restaurant, The Park had been transformed into a tropical oasis to showcase GANT by Michael Bastian’s SS12 collection. It was hands down the most beautifully designed presentation I have ever seen. We left the humidity of the street behind us and entered what can only be described as a preppy paradise. Obscenely gorgeous, GANT clad models posed louchely amid the foliage whilst equally good looking guests enjoyed ice cool cocktails.
The incredible venue was the perfect setting for an equally inspired collection. GANT’s signature collegiate style had been given a whole new twist with eye-watering brights and retro accessories. Sporty staples and immaculate tailoring reflected the brand’s all American roots whilst tongue-in-cheek prints and kitsch sunglasses gave it’s new season offerings a distinctly European flair. Michael’s Hawaian inspiration was tangible and I’ll bet I wasn’t the only one who found themselves day dreaming of white sand and pina coladas this afternoon.
The overall look was in-your-face but charmingly so with The B52′s “love shack” providing the perfect soundtrack to the collection’s 70′s vibe. The lovely Michael Bastian has truly outdone himself this season making fundamentally practical clothes feel fresh, exciting and every bit as covetable as their high fashion counterparts.
Love Ella. X