Vive la France! Banana Republic’s fall 2016 collection was an ode to the casual yet stylish sense of the French. Michael Anderson, senior vice president of design, took his team to Provence, Paris and Lyon, where they gathered vintage photographs, textiles and anything they could bring back to build upon. “It really helped inform us,” he said.
But the Banana customer also wants essentials, so with that in mind the lineup incorporated a bit of fashion into easy-to-wear pieces for everyday: a great burgundy cable knit paired with navy trousers and a necktie, a blush tailored wrap jacket with a tonal fur stole, camel trenches and jackets, a floral maxidress and sailor-striped mock necks.
For men, the Parisian influence translated into a tailored assortment with a relaxed feel. Suits were styled with sneakers and striped sweaters, while cropped and pleated pants — Anderson said pant silhouettes are getting wider — paired nicely with zip-up knits and utilitarian jackets. Outerwear made the biggest impact. The melton wool peacoats and shearling bomber jacket lent an elevated look to the offering.