Market Watch: Banana Republic


'Tis the season to be jolly! Yes, it's holiday time, or it was yesterday at Banana Republic's editor's showing. Creative director Simon Kneen was—indirectly—inspired by Kate Middleton. "She wasn't in the mind at the time. It was perfect timing that we all discovered Kate together. And what I like about Kate is that she's really making the role her own. She's not stepping into someone else's shoes. She's really owning it, and it's feeling modern and fresh. "

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You can see the Kate-ness in the clothes—form-fitting yet elegant dresses, pretty coverups, perfectly slouchy sweaters—all effortlessly perfect. Kneen's favorite pieces in the collection included a knit blazer (it looked like a regular blazer but the fit is of a cardigan). I liked the ivory cowl neck sweater, a skirt suit and amazing accessories. I don't think I'd mind it one bit if a leather orange tote showed up under my tree come December.