Here’s To You, Mr. Robinson
Patrick Robinson has created genuine excitement at Gap. He told us he’s had requests from some very prominent, very financially secure fellow designers for pieces from his Fall line, and his Sunday afternoon Spring presentation—candy-stripe cardis, color block swimsuits, chambray blazers, hip-slung flares—was thronged with editors eyeing the chic-cheap merchandise. But it was nothing like the 500-person-strong line that began forming on Fifth Avenue at one a.m. on Saturday morning in anticipation of the ten o’clock opening of the Colette x Gap pop-up shop. “It’s been insane,” said Robinson. “Already some of the T-shirts are on eBay and going for $300.” You won’t find prices like that in Robinson’s Spring collection. “What’s great about all this is nothing is expensive. That and everything here comes in another 20 colors at the store. You get to be an individual in these clothes.” An individual with an intact bank account.