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 »
Watchdogs have gotten riled up about Joe Camel’s appeal to children and teens in the past, but soon they could have SmokeStixx on their hit list. This website sells customizable cigarette box wraps that let people play dress-up with their ciggys. Isn’t that fun! Here’s SmokeStixx’s rationale behind this unnecessary product:
“Cigarette consumers no longer need to feel ashamed about buying cigarettes. SmokeStixx decals dramatically transform the appearance of cigarette boxes into fashion forward accessories. With new motifs launching every month, cigarette consumers can constantly stay ahead of the pack.”
I’m calling BS. With designs like a pink tiara, flaming skull, and psychedelic disco lights on the decals, we all know exactly who would want this product — teens, who can totally afford the 99 cents price. [SmokeStixx via Trend de la Creme] Keep reading »
Take it with a grain of salt from a jaded old editor, but Fashion’s Night Out was actually really, really awesome and fun. I say that because no one really knew what to expect, and plenty of fashion editors were downright down on the whole thing. Maybe it’s because industry insiders are so used to being exclusive and it’s all about getting on the right list to closed-to-the-”commoners” events. So FNO, which involved all these stores throwing swishy parties that were no RSVP-required, seemed vaguely threatening somehow. Let everyone in? How’s that gonna work?
The answer is it worked like a charm. In fact, it may have been the best party of Fashion Week. Did I mention there was lots of free champagne? Keep reading »
Every season there are those celebrity appearances that just have us wondering, Why? While it goes without saying that the runway show for Rosa Cha would draw a few boys and men to the tents, given the skinny-mini Brazilian-cut bikinis that the brand is so well known for, an appearance by Sean Paul was one that even celebrity followers were surprised by. But like a true sport, he took pictures with fans while waiting to greet designer Alexander Herchcovitz and seemed appreciative of the designs that were sent down the runway. Do we have a new Kanye West on our hands? Keep reading »
I basically had a hernia when I encountered Brad and Taylor (from “The Rachel Zoe Project”) while out and about at Fashion’s Night Out. The twosome were having a grand ol’ time — The Zoe was nowhere to be found — and there didn’t sem to be any of the trademark tension seen on the TV show. In fact, Taylor couldn’t wait to plant one on Brad’s cheek when I begged them for a photo. Highlight of my evening. (Style Note: Brad was wearing his signature bow tie and white patent leather wing tips. Copycatting him ASAP.) [NYC, 9/10/09] Keep reading »
If you’re like us, and you love all things “Mad Men,” from the plots to the characters to the looks, you may have noticed the bed that Don and Betty Draper share on the show. Totally retro, it’s got a soft green button-tufted headboard fit for any suburban princess married to a mad, mad ad man — or, you know, you. While the bed on the show was created by set designer Amy Wells, Club Furniture has a similar sleeper for “Mad Men” lovers. Custom-made in North Carolina, the look-alike bed doesn’t come cheap — it’s $1,100 to $1,350, depending on size. (Oh, it’s on sale for just under a grand today!) I like the Sky blue, but the company will use any fabric you desire. Sadly, Don Draper is not included. [L.A. at Home] Keep reading »
This Hot-T Wand almost seems like something that could be an iPhone attachment and application; it’s so techy and compact. Insert the heatable stick (with safety sensors) into a cup of water, wait for the water to get hot, then dip in your tea of choice. When done, there’s a heat-protective capsule to insert the Hot-T into. So small you can carry it around in your purse and have a spot whenever you feel like it. [Cool Buzz] Keep reading »