September 13, 2011 New York
Consequently, as Borzyszkowska was keen to point out, the Spring 2012 Gap collection is something of a placeholder. But the renewed focus on cheerful wardrobe fundamentals such as jeans and tees was definitely evident here. These clothes aren't likely to fire up consumers' imaginations, but the pop-colored denim and khakis and slouchy striped knits for men and women are a pretty sure bet to be worn and loved, if people venture into Gap stores to buy them. There wasn't much experimentation going on here—which is probably a good thing, given that the one risky look, a pair of "khaki-washed" yellow jeans for men, looked acidic and out of place. Better, albeit less daring, were the contributions from Gap's Los Angeles design team, who added a range of vintage-inspired looks for women, including a chic and easy dirndl skirt, topstitch-detailed colored oxford shirts, and dark-washed boyfriend jeans. These looks came the closest to cloning the original Gap DNA, though easygoing washed-out colored chinos for the boys and short trenchcoats for the girls fit the bill nicely, too. But the verdict remains "wait and see."