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During our morning commute we strode, Starbucks holiday cup in hand, past the 34th street Macy’s as the red awning went up and their windows got primed for their annual Christmas makeover. Despite looking like loathsome tourists, as unabashed season-pushers, we loved every second of it. We had an equally fuzzy feeling for the Banana Republic L’Wren Scott Holiday 2013 teaser images, which are brimming with many characteristics we love about holiday dress.
We suspect the throngs of Soho tourist’s might have been fooled into thinking Queen Elizabeth in town, what with all the Queens Guards and Union Jack mini coups parked on Broadway yesterday evening. However, the commotion was not for her majesty but rather for the launch of the Banana Republic x Issa London collaboration, where we were invited to pre-shop the collection while sipping on champagne (this was just as dangerous as it sounds).
You can’t buy Kate Middleton’s custom Jenny Packham hospital dress, but you will be able to buy the Issa blue wrap dress she wore when she announced her engagement to Prince William back in 2010. At least you will if you have no other plans for the morning of August 8 and aren’t opposed to having physical altercations with other women on the shop floor of Banana Republic.
When the Milly x Banana Republic collection was announced back in January, summer was the last thing on our minds. But now that the launch date for the collection (May 30) is rapidly approaching, we can’t wait to get our hands on the colorful, “Hamptons-chic” designs.
Last month, a certain London-based brand talked about how the Kate Middleton Effect almost caused their company to come crashing down after demand for their dresses soared out of control. Now, they’ve signed on with Banana Republic for a 40-piece collection debuting August 6. Can you guess the label? Here’s a hint: that royal blue wrap dress.
We love Narciso Rodriguez for his sleek minimalist designs and worldly outlook, and we love Banana Republic for their attainable price point and wearable collections like the upcoming Anna Karenina capsule (if not so much their Photoshop techniques). So we’re pleased to hear that the retailer has tapped Rodriguez for a very special advisory role, created just for him.
While magazines like Seventeen are easing off the Photoshop and pledging to keep models looking as natural as possible, retailers like Banana Republic apparently are not. Herewith: we present the case of the missing kneecap.
It’s only the middle of summer, but retailers are already in the final stages of their holiday collections. Case in point: last week, I attended a preview of Banana Republic‘s Anna Karenina-inspired collection created by the upcoming film’s costumer designer Jacqueline Durran. I might’ve broken a sweat during the hot walk to the preview, but I was lusting for the opulent and winter-worthy wares even before I left.
Airplanes are so hot right now. Following in the footsteps of Chanel and, well, Chanel, Banana Republic unveiled their new Mad Men collection on a cross-country Virgin America flight from New York to Los Angeles. And while a five-hour plane ride might seem like a lot to sit through for a 4-look show, the passenger manifest conveniently included bloggers like Keiko Lynn, Saucy Glossie, and My Style Pill, all of whom were whisked off to
Sally Draper Kiernan Shipka’s house upon landing to celebrate the launch.
We don’t know about where you are, but in New York the weather is just starting to turn. We’re breaking out our fall sweaters and lace-up oxfords and heading full steam into fall, which is our favorite season — and for good reason. Which is why this exclusive behind-the-scenes video of Banana Republic’s creative director Simon Kneen chatting about his favorite fall styles couldn’t have come at a better time.
While those behind and in front of the camera have expressed concern over the prevalence of extreme Photoshopping both in editorial spreads and advertisements, photo retouching is here to stay. Getting rid of blemishes or correcting light balance isn’t a huge deal, but many magazines and advertisers use their Photoshop tools a bit too liberally. As such, we’ve put together a list of this year’s top 10 worst Photoshop offenses.
Gap changed its logo today without fanfare or even so much as a press release. It just kind of showed up on their website, no method of warning considered. The new logo, a cold and unfeeling blue square crushed underneath the cruel weight of bold, black Helvetica, makes the company look more like it’s about to release a new word processor than a footwear collaboration with Pierre Hardy. Our questions about this abound, but we’ll start with this one: What the hell are they thinking?
We’re still having some difficulty wrapping our heads around the chaotic organized fabulousness that is Fashion’s Night Out — it’s happening this Friday night! This year the nighttime shopping extravaganza has been ramped up with more stores open and more events to cover, and we’re going to try and see as much of it as we can — without driving ourselves crazy, of course. From Midtown to the West Village, SoHo to the Meatpacking District, here’s where you’ll find us on Fashion’s Night Out.
We spend a lot of time on Styleite calling out retailers, brands, and magazines for excessive use of Photoshop, but this is one instance in which someone could have been a little more heavy-handed. Click through for the somewhat NSFW photo.