• Text Lewis Firth
  • 15th July 2015

Old Hollywood

This was Bastian’s interpretation of Old Hollywood. None of the public glamour it was known for but what went on behind the face of it: the super-agents, the publicists – the beating heart of the industry.

The underlying commentary to the collection was a satirical viewpoint on Bel-Air. Its motives, attitudes and practices. The set was centred on the high-end clientele residing in such a neighbourhood with pristinely cut shrubbery, glimpses of chandeliers through windows and surveillance cameras aimed outwards at the media.

Looks reflected this lifestyle of the rich and the famous with old-school tailoring and traditional silhouetting: Prince of Wales check being one; peaked collars being another; conspicuous pin-stripes, too. Fun interjections came in the form of banana-leaf camo and knitted sweaters, the latter styled with rolled-up sleeves (with ruffled collars peeping above the necklines), “Eureka” positioned across the front and brightly coloured Fair Isles, exuding wealth in all areas.