Last night in London we got a preview of the GAP A/W '09 collection, and as much as it pains us to say it, we are quite looking forward to winter again. You will be too, when you see what Gap have in store to keep you warm come a cold autumn. Navajo knitwear, shearling jackets, great skinny low-rise chinos, narrow dark-rinse flares (well, they're doing so well with their spring Skinny Flare, and if it ain't broke...), and the boots of winter '09. Pierre Hardy has done it again and got us wanting their sheepskin boots in navy, khaki and grey, in fact we wouldn't mind the boys hiking boots either. Creative Director, Patrick Robinson, admits that the idea of designing hiking boots came from him wearing a pair with tuxes for smart evening events, which always attracted attention. This is Patrick's first full season as the international designer of Gap, after the brand previously had different design offices that catered for the different tastes of the US, UK, Japanese and European markets. The collection is a Tokyo, London, New York and Paris hybrid of all the tastes. Some pieces were actually inspired by individual cities, like the ‘Parisian' leather bomber jacket, or the ‘London' relaxed chinos. Well, we don't care where we live – we want them all!
The presentation was styled by Karl Templer and cast by Russell Marsh, featuring models Jourdan Dunn and Hanne Gaby Odiele. Never before have we wanted to wear coloured ankle socks over thick tights with big heels, but we plan to follow that styling tip come November. But while we were taken with the big clompy heels, there are plans to reduce the heel by 2cm before it hits the high street – sensible we suppose, and much easier to stomp the streets in.
Watch the videos to see the full collection (apologies for the shaky camera work!), and a snappy interview with Patrick himself, who reveals what he thinks will be the cult buys of the collection, and told us that he loves ‘the beautiful city of London, and I love the way girls dress here – really cool and effortless.' Well, thanks Patrick, we do try.
Check out some pictures of our favourite pieces below too.
- Kay Barron