Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring ’12. Gap Weathers the Transition with Sleek Tailoring, Pops of Color

September 14, 2011 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Spring 2012, New York Fashion Week Spring ’12

Summary: This year Gap lost its creative director, Patrick Robinson, who left in May. Since then the company has been in a transitional period, design-wise, while engaged in their search for a new designer. Quintessentially known for their all-American basics and ever-classic appeal, Gap’s SS12 collection breaks no boundaries in terms of conceptual design, but it does deliver a product that stays true to the company’s mission while incorporating a chosen set of trend-driven details that keep it looking modern and chic.

A favorite piece from this collection is the super bright denim leggings, shown at the presentation in aqua. Here , we see a very classic Gap knit enhanced by the pop of color and addition of a great open-toe heel (another foray into which they company has been successful: the incorporation of designer shoes into their store-ready product base). The oversized pleated knee-length denim skirt and slouchy boat necked grey and blue knit sweater also explore a modern shape for pieces made from the line’s most classic fabrics. The trousers all look chic and thoughtfully cut — I’m especially thrilled by the slight drop-crotch in the third look pictured above. The harem pant, and variations thereof, is still in its moment, and it’s nice to see Gap acknowledging the trend and tailoring it to its own aesthetic.

All in all, is the collection groundbreaking? No. But does it show that Gap is committed to working through this moment and maintaining their place as the world’s go-to for American basics? Yes. As always, the tailoring is very chic, and the proportions of each look — as well as in the individual pieces — are on point. It would have been nice to see some of the looks incorporate a more saturated color palate, but there are definitely some great pieces in this collection that will surely tide us over as we wait for Gap’s new regime to take over.

Colors: Bone, light grey, pale mauve, khaki, dark denim, stonewashed denim, blue-grey, orange, red, white, plum, pale pink, aqua, fuchsia, grey, brown

Fabrics and Textures: Denim, knit, cotton, leather, jersey, stretch denim, acid washing, pleating, printing

Key Looks: Aqua stretch denim leggings with and ivory long-sleeve knit sweater, a white leather tote bag and orange and blue draped scarf; knee-length pleated denim skirt with a brown leather belt, slouchy blue and grey boat-necked sweater, and ivory sandals with purple ankle ties; light mauve ankle-length cuffed skinny trousers with a white crew-necked tee and dark khaki short-waisted jacket with an orange leather tote bag.

— Amanda Aldinger

Photos: NY Mag


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