Banana Republic’s Gstaad Getaway-------
Black Friday may seem ages away, but after viewing Banana Republic’s latest collection, we’ve got holiday gifting on the brain. “I was thinking of Gstaad, walking down the street and finding all these little curiosities,” said creative director Simon Kneen during a preview of BR’s Holiday 2013 collection last night. He was referring to the lineup’s five subdivisions. Dubbed Shimmer, Print, and Candy for women, and Black and White and Après Ski for men, the mini capsules were conceived to mirror the types of boutiques one might see in quaint, ritzy mountain towns.
Those capsules will offer plenty of gift-worthy options, in both ready-to-wear and accessories. Après Ski, for example, includes a slew of smart Fair Isle knits for the gents, while Candy gives women options for a tropical winter getaway—Pop-bright faux pony-hair flats included. Kneen, though, is particularly smitten with the zebra- and ocelot-screened Prints component. “I fell in love with the animal thing…. It’s kind of stepping out—or stepping up for us. It’s very feminine, very soft.”
The collection, which ranges from $16.50 to $475, will hit stores in early November, just before the December 5 release of the brand’s recently announced L’Wren Scott capsule. The latter, too, has a holiday theme, and promises everything from cozy knits to cashmere blankets.