Market Watch: Banana Republic

Banana Republic unveiled its Spring 2012 collection the way one should: With a party! The wine flowed, the hors d'oeuvres were eaten, and a chill band played while editors caught the sunset. Our jobs are so hard, aren't they?

But the clothes! The themes were modern safari and Rio romance. Think tailored pieces with a floral kick, and chic khaki pieces (yes, khaki can be stylish). It was all very sexy—body skimming enough to remind you of Mad Men—but still very classic. These are pieces to wear to work but also pack for your vacation.

The accessories ranged from giant bags and duffels to colorful clutches. Each season Banana offers a little something more to lure me into the store and already there are a few skirts I want to try on. (Those bags will already go on my accessories shelves at home.)

Photo: Looks from Banana Republic's Spring 2012 collection