NEW YORK — In Pina Ferlisi’s final collection for Gap, she guided the company back toward Gap’s classics, such as denims and Ts, but with a slight nautical vibe. At Thursday’s spring presentation, the firm showed a toned-down color palette of mostly khaki and navy. The basic white shirt appeared in several renditions, from dress shirt button-downs to boho pullovers. Gap also introduced left-weave denim, a technique in which the fabric is woven left to right on the loom, the opposite of the traditional way, allowing for a softer, worn-in feel.
Meanwhile, at Old Navy, the American dream was expressed in a prepster brigade of stripes and seersucker. Polos, button-downs, cable-knits and Bermuda shorts showed up in bright colors. And, in an effort to cover all the bases, the second spring delivery veered 180 degrees to a world-boho theme with printed tunics and lace blouses.