Forget urban Zen. Angst and aggression informed Banana Republic’s fall collection, which, as creative director Simon Kneen put it, was about “being prepared for anything and everything in the face of adversity.” Thus, there were chunky knits, tailored military jackets, skinny leather pants and silk dresses fit for the tough city sophisticate.
In men’s, Banana is planning to cozy up to its customer. Thus, chunky sweaters, soft scarves and plush outerwear were designed to “make people feel like they’re in a cocoon,” said Kneen. The collection was heavy on black, but there were pops of brights to help provide a bit of hope. “It’s sort of like a modern Heathcliff,” Kneen said, “romantic and optimistic at all costs.”