The week, Banana Republic creative director Simon Kneen presented the brand’s charming SS12 collection at NY’s The Glass Houses. Filled with breezy shapes and versatile sophistication, the range of womenswear and menswear felt like a breath of fresh air for the American clothing brand, which recently went retro with an ill-advised, Mad Men-inspired capsule collection. Sharp suits and sleek silhouettes are counterbalanced with pops of color and pattern play to provide a wardrobe that’s fit for both business and pleasure.
● Here’s supermodel Natasha Poly looking perfect in a variety of fashion genres. [Fashion Gone Rogue] ● After several hand slaps from the Native American-governed territory, 2011 will mark the end of the politically incorrect “Navajo” trend description. [Fashionista] ● Keyboard flip-flops exist, and we’re very disturbed. [Racked]
● John Galliano controversy aside, Dior’s revenue numbers are surprisingly on the rise. [FT] ● If you’re looking for some stylish vino for your holiday festivities, may we suggest the Banana Republic for Clos du Bois offerings? [LAT] ● The 18th century accessory of choice is making a comeback. Would you rock a cameo brooch? [Style] ● International design house Obakki and their charity have teamed up with eBay to produce an online auction that will raise funds for clean water in Sudan. [eBay]
Twenty-five degrees outside? I do believe it’s time to get your cozy on. And what better way to stylishly prepare for the weather than to wrap yourself up in some cozy cashmere? Here are a few selections that won’t break the bank, without sacrificing luxury.
Gap has been struggling in recent seasons to really find its niche. The beacon for basics has launched its own series of designer collaborations and thrown a fair bit of money at fun, eye-catching ad campaigns. But, over all, things at Gap HQ have felt a bit bland … especially in comparison to competing brands cultivating a classic, workwear-inspired sense of Americana (read: Ralph Lauren and J. Crew). But thanks to a new store in Vancouver that has quite literally turned the traditional shopping experience on its head, Gap is garnering headlines once again.
“All of the mannequins, displays and even the sign were flipped, as well as some cars and a hot dog stand outside of the store,” says PSFK of the upside-down initiative. The efforts were sparked by the store’s Sprize campaign, whose emphasis lies on customer loyalty. What shopping among upside down mannequins has to do with remaining loyal to a particular store is beyond me. But the program itself is actually pretty cool: Gap will allow “people to buy clothing at full price and receive automatic credits should it go on sale in the next 45 days. Customers can spend this credit at Gap, Banana Republic or Old Navy stores.” Not a bad move. The topsy-turvy interior — video of which can be seen below — on the other hand? Questionable.