2009 October 16
Kneen on Simon
(NEW YORK) “That’s the best thing about showing outside of Fashion Week,” said Simon Kneen. “We get to pick the best of the pack." Banana Republic’s creative director was talking about the models of course as the likes Abbey Lee, Tao Okamoto, Lakshmi Menon, and Garrett Nuff who all walked in the brand’s Spring show. Top editors were all summed for obligatory post-Paris reunion in the front of house while Anne Christensen calmly styled backstage. In fact Kneen is a relative veteran now after a several collections and countless appearances for the brand and he acted like it. The clothes were sharp, brand’s president Jack Calhoun seemed elated, and everything was in sync despite the freezing torrential rain outside.
“This is all about American blue skies,” Kneen noted ironically after the show. “This all about optimism and timeless American classics like denim and chinos for everyday of the week. There’s no better time to be not only optimistic but also the most creative you can be. People want real clothes for real things that they do in their everyday lives and that are what our brand can offer.” And he confidently offered array of crisp chino trenches, light leather bombers, revived denim options for both sexes, loose pieces in blue palette family, intriguing heeled clogs, body bags, and blazers in every variety.
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