Creative director Simon Kneen said he was feeling “a bit of the academy” for fall at Banana Republic, which manifested in vignettes that combined the classic and the bold. The latter took form in color — cobalt and red — shown on fitted dresses. There was a nice “modern collegiate” moment with a plaid trench, school-boy blazer and short flared skirt with simple sweater. But the strongest looks were delivered via the big black-and-white trend: window-pane cropped pants and a peplum top, for example, and a black leather tunic worn over a kicky white skirt.
A similar collegiate vibe permeated the men’s wear. Technical fabrics such as water-repellent nylons and double-knit stretch wools worked well with traditional gray flannel suits, gingham shirts and black watch-plaid pants with a touch of stretch. Bright red and orange outerwear provided a needed pop of color. Kneen also gave his take on the military trend with updated camouflage patterns, wool cargos and a nifty boiled wool peacoat, while the holiday-skewed offering was inspired by Gstaad, Switzerland, complete with velvet blazers, alpine sweaters and a striking cobalt blue parka.
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