If pictures really do say a thousand words, Banana Republic’s 2010 fall collection may take a while to explain. Released just a few weeks ago in New York City, the public previewed a collection that may be telling of Banana Republic’s future. Here’s a roundup of a few defiant looks that took the runway.
Denim: Denim is a look that is swiftly making it’s way back to mainstream fashion. In it’s return denim has taken on a more professional approach as warn by Jake Gyllenhaal on the cover of GQ magazine and Dwayne Wade in a T-Mobile commercial. It also adds to the variety of shirts being warn with ties and suits and has now been adopted by Banana Republic.
Banana Republic is also adding denim double breasted pea coats to their rotation of fall apparel. This was my favorite of the bunch because it not only gives you a look of sophistication, but casual if you choose to dress it down. It’s a very versatile coat.
Cut-off Gloves: I was first introduced to cut-off gloves in the 1980’s movie, The Breakfast Club. The same way they were worn in the movie with vengeance and authority is how society adopted the look–and now they’re back. Worn with several variations of outfits, this reincarnated look can be found on gq.com.
Boots: Ditch the loafers, Banana Republic chose to lace it up with boots for this fall’s collection. This was possibly the most cutting edge look of the evening, especially for a store that rarely goes beyond selling anything other than business professional shoes. But they pulled it off, both with and without sport coats. I can promise you will see this trend being taken up by a lot of guys who aren’t completely comfortable looking Sunday sharp.
Leather bomber jacket: There’s nothing I could say about this, but wow. Another bold item that’s not normally sold at their stores made the runway. Can you image the look of the female cashier’s face when an actual biker steps into their store to purchase what was made for his sport?
Encore to Banana Republic for stepping out of their normal boundaries. If this collection is an indication of new things to come, H&M and Urban Outfitters will have their work cut out for them. But can you really blame Banana Republic. You know what they say, ‘if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!