September 06, 2008
"It's about you, not me," said Patrick Robinson at the presentation of his first real Spring collection for Gap since taking the creative reins last year. What Robinson meant was that his designs are meant for the customers to weave into their own personal stylesnot for him to impose as a monolithic look. To that end, Robinson worked on honing and perfecting the staples at the label's core: khakis redone in silk and cotton jersey, fine-gauge striped cardigans, pocket tees trimmed with a spray of ruffled tulle, and slim rolled jeans, now in 20 colors. That's not to say the lineup was purely basic. He explored the still-fresh silhouette of wide-legged and flared pants worn with lean top halvesa T-shirt layered under a skinny vest or a fantastic, slightly sheer cotton tunic. A crisp white dress with a pleated neckline and lightly striped hem was exactly the kind of piece you'd love to own if only it wasn't obviously going to be so popular that you'll be seeing it all over town. Also of note was the bold, color-blocked swimwear; and certainly a knit boyfriend blazer, like a cardigan but polished enough to wear to work, is something that's never before seen the inside of a Gap store. Fans of the Pierre Hardy Design Editions sandals will be thrilled to see that every look was styled with a pair, now available in suede.