Banana Republic’s Holiday In The Sun
Ambience has been key for Banana Republic’s past few presentations. The Fall runway show had editors sitting pretty on settees at the Bowery Hotel, and yesterday’s Holiday 2011 event took place at Greenwich Village swank spot The Lion. Creative director Simon Kneen (looking quite bronze from a recent vacation in Saint-Tropez) was on hand to offer bons mots about the collection. For womenswear, it was all about the “anti-establishment princess who’s bringing a bit of sparkle to a party that I want to be at,” he said. So there were a variety of L.B.D.’s covered in sequins both big and small, some topped with nicely tailored blazers; another cluster of mannequins displayed soirée-ready jewel-tone looks styled with marabou clutches, among other accessories plucked from the “under $100″ table. On the boys’ side, “he’s more of a rogue,” said Kneen. “He’s sitting in his chair at home while she’s fixing him a drink.” Whatever that means—it translated into hooded wool toggle coats, cashmere scarves, and fingerless rugby gloves. Just looking at all the thermal materials made you want to reach for a glass of the chilled vino waiters were serving.