15 posts tagged "Banana Republic"
Earlier today, Gap Inc. announced the newest addition to its executive team at Banana Republic: New York-based designer Marissa Webb. In her role as creative director and executive vice president of design, Webb—who spent more than a decade at J.Crew before launching her eponymous label—will guide Banana Republic’s overall creative direction, as well as lead global product design for the men’s, women’s, and accessories departments. She will report to Jack Calhoun, the global president.
Over the past few seasons, Webb has become known for her high-low, edgy-tomboy sensibility (she did help craft that signature “J.Crew look,” after all), so we’re curious to see how she mixes things up at the mass retailer. “I’m thrilled to be joining the extremely passionate, talented design and creative teams at Banana Republic,” she said. “The brand has such a beautiful history, which I truly admire. This is an amazing opportunity for me to combine my unique vision with a brand that has such a strong legacy.”
Gap Inc. also intends to join M Webb LLC’s minority investors by investing in Webb’s label, which is available in more than thirty stores around the world. Calhoun will work as a strategic partner for Webb and will help her further develop her business.
Webb’s first collection for Banana Republic is expected to hit stores in the summer of 2015.
For women who have always dreamed of owning a Roland Mouret “Galaxy” dress, getting the look will be a whole lot easier come August. Mouret has teamed up with Banana Republic for a twenty-five-piece capsule collection comprised of pants, skirts, tops, and, of course, exceptionally tailored dresses. Mouret says the collection won’t include watered-down copies of past designs, but will instead give the global Banana Republic customer base the luxury of an ultra-flattering yet attainable dress. “The common goal for this collection is to offer incredible fit through an assortment of hourglass silhouettes using Banana Republic’s Sloan fabric, extending my love of structure into accessible prices,” he said. Mouret experimented with color-blocking, leopard prints, and new proportions, which he hand-draped, cut, and pinned to the body.
“I’m so inspired by Roland’s skill for draping and fit,” said Melloney Birkett, vice president of women’s design at Banana Republic. “He has such a strong sense of how to dress a woman, and brings a beautiful sensuality to his work.” The collection will be available in select Banana Republic stores worldwide and online from August 2014, and prices will range from $49.50 to $165.
“Retail kismet” was how creative director Simon Kneen described the timing of the Banana Republic Issa London Collection, which debuted yesterday with an event at the retailer’s Soho flagship. The launch comes just two weeks after the world’s royal fever was reignited with the birth of Prince George. Kate Middleton put Issa on the map in 2010, when she announced her engagement to Prince William while wearing a teal wrap dress by the London label. Her frock, of course, sold out straight away. A similar style is featured in the collaborative capsule, and Kneen was happy to report that the BR version, too, sold out almost immediately. (Compared to Kate’s original, which went for over $500, the BR version will only set customers back $130.) That look wasn’t the only highlight in the new lineup, which included a range of easy day dresses in playful prints and bright colors, as well as statement-making costume jewelry, envelope clutches, and T-strap sandals. “The thing that drew us to Issa is its iconic silhouette, which works so beautifully on so many different body types. It’s clingy in all the right places and soft where you want it to be,” said Kneen, who pointed out other favorites, like an intarsia-knit shift and a kimono-sleeve number with an allover pop-art zebra pattern. “I call it ‘human camouflage,’” he said. The red telephone box and classically clad Beefeaters stationed outside of the store got shoppers in the U.K. spirit.
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.
Fashion is having an affair to remember with Russia. There’s the ubiquitous presence of Muscovite It girls like Elena Perminova and Miroslava Duma, Ulyana Sergeenko’s noteworthy Couture outing last week, and the rise of folksy dressing during Resort. Banana Republic is catching the Russian wave with a new holiday capsule, inspired by the upcoming Anna Karenina film starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law (based, of course, on Leo Tolstoy’s classic nineteenth-century novel). Creative director Simon Kneen went a step beyond name-checking the movie and brought in its costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, to style part of the collection.
“I was looking at all the rich fabrics we had that were a continuation from last season—the velvets, faux fur, and lace—and thought, this is feeling very Russian. So we arranged to work with Jacqueline and when she came in, it was like playing dress-up. It was a total kismet moment—which is what the book is all about, right?” Kneen told Style.com at a press preview yesterday. (For the record, he’s read it.) The result was wearable clothes of the usual BR mold that had just a touch of theatricality to them. A sharp wool military jacket was paired with a fur Cossack hat and dangling chandelier earrings, for example. Also noteworthy here were a head-to-toe winter white ensemble and cozy tartan topcoats for both the boys and the girls. Bejeweled bib necklaces, slim leather portfolios, and feather hair accessories topped it all off.
The Anna Karenina collection launches in Banana Republic stores on October 30; for more information, visit BananaRepublic.com. The film debuts November 9.