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NEW YORK — Long known for its collections of wearable and stylish basics, Banana Republic put on its first runway show on Thursday night. The spring styles were a departure from those of the brand’s origins — a catalogue of...

NEW YORK — Long known for its collections of wearable and stylish basics, Banana Republic put on its first runway show on Thursday night. The spring styles were a departure from those of the brand’s origins — a catalogue of khaki-laden travel gear. The firm, of course, had expanded beyond those years ago. This season, there were feminine looks with a hint of the Fifties, but with a modern spin. Here, for example, is Banana Republic’s houndstooth cotton coat worn over a silk chiffon top, silk charmeuse camisole and cotton denim cargo pants. For more on the presentation, see story Fashion Republic.

This story first appeared in the November 11, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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