Narciso Rodriguez is showing no signs of slowing down at the moment. In June he announced that he's designing a special line in collaboration with Kohl's to kick off their designer collaboration initiative and this week he confirmed that he's signed on for another big gig.
Banana Republic have confirmed that the designer will now serve as an advisor as part of an effort to 'build upon the strengths of the brand,' according to the press release. The role is suppose to allow him 'to contribute to an already strong design and production team,' which basically means that he will bring a bit of what he does best to the brand's existing aesthetic. And their not wasting any time. Rodriguez will start his new gig for the retailer from August 20th and will start working on their Fall 2013 collection.
Burberry's chief operations officer Andy Janoswki has just been appointed as the new non-executive board director at Smythson, it was announced this week. Smythson, who worked at Banana Republic and Gap before moving to Burberry, was personally selected by Smythson's owner and CEO, Jacques Bahbout.
"From his role at Burberry, Andy has invaluable expertise in the luxury goods sector, combined with a wealth of previous experience in retail," Bahbout told Vogue.com. "We are very excited that he has joined us as a non-executive director and his business knowledge will add significant value."
As we gear up for fashion week, we should also gear up for more designer opinions about what's in and what's - unfortunately - out. For John Varvatos, he of the casual-cool menswear, ubiquitous brands like Gap and Banana Republic are unquestionably out.
The designer told Playboy (via The Cut): "A lot of designers become hot, attend every party, and then you don't hear about them again. We've created our own identity. You asked about Banana Republic and the Gap - they don't have their own personality. They're followers. I spent a lot of years working for Ralph Lauren, and he had so many copycats, from Tommy Hilfiger to Abercrombie & Fitch to J.Crew. Many people have followed us too and have been successful."
With the weather turning a wintry shade of grey it seems the clothes are following suit and this isn't a bad thing. Instead of shying away from the grey area the stylish new trend is all about embracing it. As a lighter alternative to the dark blacks of fall, it can be worked with your winter staples or as a full head to toe statement. For the perfect look choose exposed zips, distressed fabrics and team bold accessories with a tough-glam edge.
Don Draper would like to wish you a happy Friday, and also to tell you that 'Mad Men' has a deal with Banana Republic coming up. The clothing retailer will sell a line of suits inspired by the men of Sterling Cooper. We think that would be better if each suit came with Don inside, but no matter.
Additionally, Clorox (we know) has jumped on the 'Mad Men' branding train, with a series of ad spots that show the bleach's strength in removing lipstick stains from shirt collars. The tagline? "Getting ad guys out of hot water for generations." Naughty.
The show's new season premieres in 37 days on AMC, so prepare for more brooding and martini drinking than ever before.