GANT By Michael Bastian SS13
GANT have yet again chosen an exotic destination as the inspiration for its SS13 collection by American menswear designer Michael Bastian. And this time around we venture to the Ecuadorian Galapagos islands. The remote islands were famously “discovered” and studied by Charles Darwin, with his time there leading to the explorer’s groundbreaking theory of evolution.
This sense of exploration and discovery serves as a backdrop to the collection on offer. “I love the notion that an inquisitive mind can generate these big, radical ideas,” said Bastian. “Just look at Darwin, whose observations of a theory that changed the world. It’s a true testament to the power of remaining curious and forcing yourself to see and experience new things.”
The collection very much echoes this theme by developing a wardrobe for the modern day explorer but still creating smart and wearable pieces in keeping with the GANT philosophy and ethos. We see coloured denim, cargo pants, shorts, knits and jackets coming in muted shades of blue, gray, taupe and green, as well as shocks of bright yellow, orange, red, turquoise and silver.
The Ecuadorian influences are evident in the patterns incorporated on the knits and belts, giving them an artisan feel that is not far off what you might pick up on a trip to Ecuador’s Otavalo market – albeit more fashion, less craft.
In addition to the ethnic influences, on trend camouflage print has also been utilised on selected pieces, whilst technical materials like mesh and nylon add rigour to the organic linen and cotton required by a man with an adventurous lifestyle.
The collection is available in stores and at gant.co.uk.