Michael Bastian, in creating the F/W 2012 collection for GANT, titled, "The Lucky Ones," had to look no further than his own memories. For yesterday's presentation, Exit Art was transformed into a very stylish tableau vivant of his mid-1980s college days in Boston, replete with street lamps, a motor scooter, a boxing ring, and even snow -- generated by the snow machine that dusted the runway of his eponymous main collection several days ago.

The layered looks -- university blazers on top of cardigans on top of twill shirts for men, anorak hoodies and skinny cargo pants and pompom hats for women -- weren't just waxing nostalgic simply for the sake of nostalgia, or fashion. He wants us to feel lucky -- lucky for where we are, where we've been, and where we're going. Bastian wants to remind us of how lucky we are, doing so with a special coin he created for the collection that's been incorporated into each outfit.

It's an odd sentiment, for a designer to remind us with clothes that we are lucky, that there are certain times and places we'll remember, and possibly not just for the pullovers or shirts that came with them. For Bastian, this sentimental journey took him back to the collegiate outerwear of his time in Boston. And how lucky we are for it.


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