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2009 July 24

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MICHAEL BASTIAN Fall 2009 Collection MICHAEL BASTIAN Fall 2009 Collection
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(NEW YORK) For some designers, a major corporate collaboration could prove challenging with only six weeks to go until New York's Fashion Week. But Michael Bastian is not the least bit anxious after having announced his upcoming co-branded collection with Gant. “I normally design about 250 pieces for my own label,” Bastian told The Daily. “For this capsule collection, we’re working on about 40 to 50 pieces, so it’s actually light for me.” It helps that Bastian completed Spring 2010 back in June. “It’s just the way our schedule works out due to the fabric trip to Europe,” the designer explained. “The upside is that we all get all summer off. The downside? I have to travel to Europe to look at fabrics for Fall 2010 a week before my show.”

Bastian is also looking to chart new territory by staging a formal runway show next February. “We have never done a full-fledged audience production,” he pointed out. “It’s always been a presentation with models.” Bastian is still considering venues and themes. “I’m currently in upstate New York with my parents,” Bastian said. “It’s just very quiet and isolated here near Lake Ontario. And I’m planning to spend at least three weekends in Long Island in August. But honestly, I don’t mind spending time in the city during the summer. The newly-restored Washington Square Park has become my little oasis.”

Bastian plans to visit Gant’s offices in Sweden following his New York show. “It will be my first time in Stockholm, so I’m very excited,” he enthused. “I’ve only been to Denmark before, and I think Scandinavians truly understand design. It’s design for design’s sake--all very effortless and pure. Just the way I like it!”

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