Banana Republic presented its collection, per usual, a few weeks after the Paris shows ended—enough time for those fresh trends to really sink in. The new lineup touched on a handful of Spring's biggies: fifties-inspired silhouettes in the form of wasp-waist circle skirts, "explosional florals," as creative director Simon Kneen described the prints, and polished safari separates that played into BR's khaki-heavy heritage.
The presentation was split into three vignettes, with the safari section being the high point. Noteworthy looks here included a crisp shirtdress layered over a brassy gold sequined pencil skirt, and a sharp linen jacket with epaulet accents. The ladylike, fifties-ish corner of the room featured tailored floral sheaths, peplum lace tops, and beaded ombré clutches, while the "Rio Romance" grouping included halter maxi dresses in bright coral shades or tribal prints. The menswear had a a similar vibe with madras jackets, full linen suits, and updated Dusty Bucks shoes. It was vibrant and fun, but overall Kneen is at his best when he sticks to the brand's utilitarian roots.