I recently attended the Holiday 2010 Preview for Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy, which brought back memories of working at Old Navy during the holiday season of 1998. I was a greeter/bag passer-outer, and the only thing I recall is that the cheesy ’70s-inspired holiday tunes got old real fast. The painful recollection quickly dissipated when I laid eyes on the season’s upcoming styles, set to hit stores this October.
Banana Republic doesn’t disappoint, with chunky jeweled accessories and plenty of sparkle on everything from sequined clutches to peep-toe pumps, perfect for that holiday party. In terms of ready-to-wear, the slightly pricier Gap, Inc. brand was all about the cardigan — cable-knit, oversized, boyfriend, fur-trimmed, you name it — all available in muted, season-appropriate hues.
Old Navy on the other hand, was what you might expect: cheery, bright and trend-focused. Outerwear in every color of the rainbow, bold sweaters and must-have prints like stripes, plaid and argyle made a strong appearance.
Gap remained ever-classy in a minimalistic display, predominantly adorned with basic pieces sprinkled in with a few trendier items. Opposites also attracted in a major way with hardcore biker jackets paired with feminine dresses and ankle booties.
[Photo Credit: Tina Smithers]