in stark contrast to the gloomy and chilly weather the east coast is having right now, simon keen, the creative director of banana republic, showed a spring collection yesterday in new york that was nothing but blue skies and a clean palette. the show was divided into two parts, both of which were rooted back to american workwear. the first was all denim, featuring denim-on-denim looks, blue-based madras plaids, chambray boyfriend blazers and trench coats, and tie-dyed maxi dresses. keen said the blue was inspired by american blue skies, and that banana is even working with an american denim manufacturer to make the pieces this particular shade of pool blue.
the second part of the show was based in chinos, from rumpled to pressed and using the chino color as a base for workshirts, breezy silk capris and patch pocket shorts, drawstring waist skirts, and day dresses. besides stone, khaki, gunmetal and white, there were accent colors like lemon, pink and teal, and great use of texture like sequined or nubby linen cardigans, or mother of pearl discs at the neckline of a vest. overall, the collection felt modern and true to BR’s heritage and very californian, even if it was shown in new york city.
pics from coutorture