A new presentation/vignette format suited the Banana Republic spring collection perfectly. Shown at the Chelsea Arts Tower on Tuesday, the lineup steered clear of the casual fray, focusing instead on cleaned-up tailored looks. “Men’s has been consistently doing it, but now we’re finding our stride in women’s,” said Jack Calhoun, president of the brand. Thus, elegant ladies were dressed in crisp, linen safari blazers belted over skirts, some full, some pencil. Tropical prints and subtle metallics — a bronze sequined skirt and an easy crewneck sweater shot with gold thread — were a nice contrast to the more classic stylings. For men, there were double-breasted summer suits, one-button blazers, dress shorts and, yes, a four-pocket safari jacket. “There’s a lot of the South American vibe this season,” said creative director Simon Kneen. “We’re celebrating what Banana Republic does best. It wouldn’t be Banana Republic without a safari jacket.”

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