Banana Republic

April 23, 2013 by  
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Staged about a month after the Paris collections end, a Banana Republic presentation is typically a crib sheet of the season’s major trends translated for the masses. The new Fall collection, however, bucked of-the-moment fads in favor of clean and classic building blocks for a modern wardrobe. “Banana Republic dresses America,” said Narciso Rodriguez, who recently took on an advisory role at the company. While the designer’s imprint on the lineup was decidedly faint, there was a renewed emphasis on back-to-basics sportswear here, evident in the bold red cap-sleeve sheaths, as well as a cluster of Yves Klein-blue suiting separates and toppers. Tailored double-breasted brass-button jackets, crisp button-ups, leather T-shirts, and pencil skirts also articulated a pared-down approach.

Despite sidestepping most current fashion crazes, BR creative director Simon Kneen couldn’t resist leavening the mix with menswear fabrics, which were a common sight on the latest runways. He showed slim windowpane trousers and gave a girlish spin to the Prince of Wales checks on a trench by accenting the plaid with a bright pink color. Statement-making costume jewelry and fun accessories, including faux-mink stoles and quilted cross-body bags, kept the overall look polished yet playful. The offerings on the boys’ side were equally on-point, particularly in the outerwear category. We especially liked the quilted Barbour-esque utility jackets, the Fair Isle knits, and the camouflage puffers.
—Brittany Adams
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Banana Republic

April 12, 2013 by  
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Staged about a month after the Paris collections end, a Banana Republic presentation is typically a crib sheet of the season’s major trends translated for the masses. The new Fall collection, however, bucked of-the-moment fads in favor of clean and classic building blocks for a modern wardrobe. “Banana Republic dresses America,” said Narciso Rodriguez, who recently took on an advisory role at the company. While the designer’s imprint on the lineup was decidedly faint, there was a renewed emphasis on back-to-basics sportswear here, evident in the bold red cap-sleeve sheaths, as well as a cluster of Yves Klein-blue suiting separates and toppers. Tailored double-breasted brass-button jackets, crisp button-ups, leather T-shirts, and pencil skirts also articulated a pared-down approach.

Despite sidestepping most current fashion crazes, BR creative director Simon Kneen couldn’t resist leavening the mix with menswear fabrics, which were a common sight on the latest runways. He showed slim windowpane trousers and gave a girlish spin to the Prince of Wales checks on a trench by accenting the plaid with a bright pink color. Statement-making costume jewelry and fun accessories, including faux-mink stoles and quilted cross-body bags, kept the overall look polished yet playful. The offerings on the boys’ side were equally on-point, particularly in the outerwear category. We especially liked the quilted Barbour-esque utility jackets, the Fair Isle knits, and the camouflage puffers.
—Brittany Adams
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Banana Republic

October 24, 2012 by  
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The dominant theme at the Spring shows was a return to simplicity following a Fall season of opulent brocades and printed suits. Banana Republic creative director Simon Kneen tapped into the cleaned-up mood with his new collection for the brand. Guests at today’s presentation were greeted by models in graphic striped patio dresses that hinted at the French Riviera, worn with mid-heel stacked leather sandals. The IAC building’s atrium was divided into four different tableaux, and it was the “fifty shades of white—or rather, one hundred shades of white”—moment, as Kneen put it, that felt the freshest. Noteworthy here was a sharp, single-button tuxedo vest paired with pleated trousers, piled up with chunky gold chain necklaces. There was also a vibrant monochromatic section that incorporated what Kneen called “colors from my salad,” like heirloom tomato red, spring mix green, and bell pepper orange and yellow. For the boys, tailored shorts suits and chambray jackets offered updates for the wardrobe, emphasizing basics with a twist.
—Brittany Adams
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