For years now, it seems the Gap has struggled to keep up with competitors like H&M and Topshop, which have painted themselves as class-to-the-masses retailers. Yet despite several image-changing attempts such as its collaboration with Colette last year, this year’s launch of an affordable luxury denim line, and a disappointing Pierre Hardy shoe collection, the brand still hasn’t managed to generate the same buzz.
The latest moves by the Gap, however, may just push the label to experience the revival it’s looking for. For starters, they’ve done a collaboration with the cutting-edge Parisian concept boutique, Merci. But the bigger news is that they’re going to host next year’s Met Ball. It was Grazia‘s exclusive interview with creative director Patrick Robinson that piqued our interest (and excitement) in the Gap’s participation. Robinson seems to be bringing a historical perspective to the event (to be co-hosted with Anna Wintour, of course, and Oprah): “We are excited by the theme ‘American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity,’ as this feels like a really natural fit — hopefully in our 40 years we have done just this by delivering versatile American style.”
We’ll be interested to see how this all manifests, and are hoping that we can count on Robinson’s scoop on the fall collection, which sounds like it could provide some potential wardrobe staples. He says, “Look out for our new take on the classic Gap grey sweatshirt – which I predict will be the essential easy luxe piece for 2010.” [Grazia]
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The day you’ve all been waiting for is imminent: Anna Sui‘s “Gossip Girl”-inspired line for Target is available to the public this Sunday. We weaseled our way into a sneak preview this week though, and we’ve got the lowdown on how the collection looks in real life. As is to be expected, there are a handful of hits and a few definite misses.
We loved a bunch of the Blair-esque pieces with their sweet but restrained detailing. While Vanessa’s clothing group was mostly far too ’70s and polyester-y for us and Serena’s was rather cute, even if most of it didn’t look much like Serena’s style at all. (One Serena-inspired dress appeared to have teeth around the neck. We were scared.) Finally, the Jenny stuff ranged from adorable (like the dress at left) to tacky (check out the over-ripped, synthetic leggings after the jump and you’ll know what we’re talking about).
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Hey, big news! Abercrombie & Fitch has a few T-shirts in its “New College” line that are, like, way sexual and sexist and not particularly funny. (The shirts above say “Show the Twins,” “Female Students Wanted for Sexual Research,”and “Female streaking encouraged.”) And people are mad about it! The American Family Association (AFA), a religious organization, says the shirts promote a “sex-as-recreation” agenda, but I don’t really think that’s the problem or a problem at all. I mean, sex is recreation. However, the shirts are sexist, foul and not funny. That said, they are extremely helpful in identifying douchebags from a distance and that is a plus. [AHN, Practical Polyamory] Keep reading »
Most designers wouldn’t touch eBay with a ten-foot pole because the online auction site routinely makes counterfeit pieces available to the public, but Narciso Rodriguez seems ready to take a chance. He’s in talks to design an eight-piece collection for eBay. The prices will range from $75 to $350, which means we common folk could possibly afford it, but the lower-priced line would also improve eBay’s reputation in the fashion world. Thoughts? [The Cut] Keep reading »
Prabal Gurung showed his first collection in February (before that he was design director at Bill Blass), but his name is on everyone’s tongue this season. Not only was he quoted in today’s New York Times article about getting into the fashion biz, but Rachel Zoe tweeted last night that she was wearing one of his designs. We got to peek backstage as the models were getting prepped for the show, where it was all about bringing out the inner bitch. Keep reading »
This “Emperor’s New Clothes” kinda suit was tailored by tree huggin’ fashion hippies EcoGir. They showed off their wares in the streets of Manhattan today. There are so many reasons why we can really get behind this ensemble made from 100 percent recycled material. Hey, while we’re at it, we’d like to re-use the model too. [NYC, 9/10/09] Keep reading »
Director David Lynch doses up a mouthful for the window displays he designed for the Paris department store Galeries Lafayette. [Lexpress.fr] Keep reading »
We were backstage at Vena Cava
‘s spring 2010 show today and you can’t tell from this Teen Vogue
video but the scene was downright exciting since the show kicked off MAC & Milk’s new partnership. (If you hadn’t heard, MAC
, which used to sponsor makeup at the Bryant Park tents, decided to go rogue-ish and strike up a deal with Milk Studios — which is where anybody who’s anybody in NYC fashion shoots their magazine editorials and advertising campaigns.) Keep reading »