A “remix of the modern wardrobe” was the phrase Simon Kneen, Banana Republic’s creative director and executive vice president, used to describe his fall and holiday collections, shown Thursday. He addressed the various elements of a woman’s life — casual, work, a night out — with utility-inspired outerwear, silk camisoles and dresses and a sequin miniskirt, all done in a muted, dusty palette. Styled together, it had a cool, rustic effect with skinny, legginglike bottoms worn under elongated layers, the best of which were the knits: chunky, cabled mélanges, Nordic sweaters and tailored jackets that worked like a structured cardigan.
In men’s wear, Kneen riffed on the season’s essential themes of alpinism and military, which provided a fashionable context for cargo pants, desert boots and fatigue jackets that harked back to the utilitarian, safari origins of the brand. He updated knitwear with cozy textures, subtle Fair Isles and deep mélanges in mellow natural hues. Slimmer tailoring and smooth, micro-patterned shirts delivered refinement to balance the collection’s casual ruggedness.
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