November 26, 2007

feeling left out.


mulberry roxanne bag and proenza schouler burnout t-shirt for product (red)

the gap’s financial woes have been widely publicized, but yesterday in wwd, the retailer announced net earnings up 23%, and although same store sales were down 5%, online sales were up 36% in the third quarter compared to last year. even still, they are cautiously optimistic regarding the holiday season.

part of the reason for the gain: possibly the european collection, which was available online and in certain u.s. stores earlier this fall. the pieces, designed by vogue paris fashion editor marie amelie-sauve, flew out of stores (i even managed to snag a piece or two). it could have also been the gap’s own offerings, which seemed better than in recent years. they featured wide leg trousers, simple v-neck sweaters, tweed blazers, and sleek knits.

patent leather platform sandal from pierre hardy for gap

there are now two new collections that euro gap fans can cheer over: first, the collaboration with pierre hardy on accessories. rumours have been swirling that after the success of the european collection, gap bosses are looking at selling some of the hardy pieces in the states come spring. then there’s the product (red) intiative for world aids day. curated by katie grand, designers as random as jack mccollough and lazaro hernandez of proenza schouler, henry holland, giles deacon and makeup artist charlotte tilbury, have designed pieces for sale in four boutiques. the merchandise will be available until supplies run out, and 50% of the sales will go to the global fund to help fight aids in africa. now if only i didn’t have to use so much energy to fly to europe to get some of this stuff.

pics from fashionweekdaily and elleuk