August 23 2014

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16 posts tagged "Banana Republic"

Summer Fridays: A Mid-Century Modern Afternoon With Mad Men Costume Designer Janie Bryant


janie-bryant-dogsLike the George Gershwin song goes, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Especially if your workweek is cut short thanks to “Summer Fridays.” The extra hours go a long way in making every weekend seem like a holiday. If you’re short on inspiration for your own Summer Fridays, just look to our new season-long series in which we ask industry people with cool jobs to share how they’ll be spending their free afternoons.

If you’ve ever tried to read into Mad Men teasers for clues, you know how important the clothes are. In the vague previews that run in between each episode—which have become a kind of inside joke among fans—you can tell more about a character’s future based on what they’re wearing than what they actually say. That’s testament to how great Janie Bryant’s work is. The Emmy-winning costume designer has made the clothes one of the show’s main attractions throughout her five-year tenure, receiving plenty of recognition along the way, including collaborative deals with Banana Republic, QVC, and Maidenform. When she’s not iconically outfitting the cast, Bryant fittingly frequents Palm Springs, a vacation spot outside of Los Angeles renown for its mid-century architecture. Here’s how Bryant is spending her Summer Fridays:

“If I could take off for Summer Friday, I would‬ head out to a place that I love: Palm Springs, California. It is just a two-hour drive to sunny paradise and a great escape for a weekend of fun and relaxation. ‪I would begin my Summer Friday with my husband and our two standard poodles, Lucie and Vali, by having‬ a delicious breakfast and a Bloody Mary in a glass boot at Cheeky’s. On a satisfied belly, we’d stroll down Palm Canyon Drive to do some shopping at Flow Modern and Bon Vivant. Both shops always have gorgeous and unique mid-century home furnishings and accessories. Then it’s a wonderful day of lounging by the pool at the Colony Palms Hotel. My new favorite discovery is a trip out to Joshua Tree for a relaxing and rejuvenating sound bath at the Integratron. To end the perfect Summer Friday, it’s time to take in, breathe in, and appreciate the beautiful backdrop of the desert mountains with sunsets of pinks and corals like no other.”


Photos: Courtesy of Janie Bryant

Banana Republic Hires Marissa Webb


Marisa WebbEarlier 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.


Roland Mouret Collaborates With Banana Republic


Roland Mouret for Banana RepublicFor 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.

Photo: Courtesy of Banana Republic

The British Are Coming To Banana Republic


Issa x Banana Republic

“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.

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Banana Republic’s Gstaad Getaway


Banana Republic's 2013 Holiday Preview

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.

Photo: David X Prutting/