Banana Republic's Simon Kneen on the Fall 2012 Collection


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Looks from Banana Republic's Fall 2012 collection.

Cheers to Banana Republic for making us yearn for wool and tweed on a warm and sunny April day.

Surrounded by little boxes of Ladurée macaroons, bouquets of orange and yellow tulips and mini bottles of bubbly, editors perused the brands Fall 2012 offerings.

The perfect blend of comfy-chic, Banana Republic's Fall line was a fusion of town and country.

The brand took its staple pieces to a statement level this season with a color palette of deep navy with pops of mustard and burgundy. Creative director Simon Kneen told FashionEtc, "Navy blue is the base color and I'm loving it as we haven’t really done that before."

Simon also mentioned how important the color scheme was when designing for both men and women in one cohesive collection. "Designing for men and women is very different and what's great is thinking of a color that unites them and how colors can work between the guys and the girls, but the girls borrow much more from the boys than the boys borrow from the girls."

As for the inspiration behind the collection, he said, "We were thinking very much about that busy on-the-go moment when you're' back in the city after summer vacation. You're connecting up, you're speeding around town, in and out the back of cabs, meetings, dinners, and lunches. You need all those practical things, but you also want to look fabulous as well, so it's really about making sure you look stylish in those impossible moments of the day."

Ahh if only it were vacation time already! The good news is, by the time your vacation rolls around, so will this collection.



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