As much as I dug Gant by Michael Bastian's F/W 2010 collection it's inspiration could have been viewed as limited for lack of a better term. When working around the sport of lacrosse there is only so much one can do without losing the overall idea that set things in motion in the first place, especially when it comes to sportswear. And you know what? I get it. If you or I were going to design a debut collection for a major brand from scratch it would sure as hell help to have a concrete framework in place. Things are different this time around and that's why I dig the new S/S 2011 collection so much. Instead of running with something extremely specific this season seems much more grounded in broader ideas or, even, feelings. It may be less tangible, but it's much more effective. Yeah, the starting point was Marilyn Monroe's husbands, but that's just where things begin. S/S 2011 is lived in prep. A rethinking of old money style. A relaxed confidence gained from summering on the coast. A kind of confidence that doesn't care what other people think - an innate "go to hell" aesthetic. An aesthetic that manifests itself in Nantucket red trucker jackets, printed dinner jackets and destroyed cotton. It's washed out colors and beat to shit gear. The collection, much like the Gant brand recently, is reconstructed and repurposed. Mix all that in with the best tailored clothes at the given pricepoint and you've got yourself one hell of a collection. The installation, based on Monroe and DiMaggio's Niagara Falls honeymoon in 1956, also looked real cool. Not many designers would be bold enough to go the whole vignette route, but I guess that's why not many designers are Michael Bastian. One thing's for damn sure - I'm beating myself up for not working the presentation into my schedule. I done messed up big time on that one. Check out the entire thing over at GQ and please don't forget about the ladies.