“A work in progress” seemed to be the catchphrase for Gap executives Wednesday at the company’s spring presentation, its first since dismissing Patrick Robinson from his post as chief designer in May. According to Art Peck, Gap’s president, the goal is “to get back to our roots,” which sounded a lot like what Robinson used to say. As for the collection, it could have been titled Safe Bet. The main look for women was colorful skinny jeans and khakis (pink, blue) worn with loose striped sweaters or a broderie shirt. A couple of long, color-blocked T-shirt dresses rounded out the lot. It was cute, young and, most of all, familiar. In case you missed it, bright denim was a major retail hit this past spring and summer.
The bold colors continued into the men’s wear, with khakis and shorts in green, blue and rust denim. Cotton blazers in seven hues were also part of the mix, as were lightweight sweaters, overdyed denim, leather jackets, oxford shirts and the requisite blue denim and coordinated tops.
Staying close to proven trends seemed to be the strategy until a plan — and design director — is in place.