EXCLUSIVE: We talk to 2010 Met Ball Host Patrick Robinson!

10 September 2009

Patrick Robinson

Earlier this week we revealed that Gap's Creative Director, Patrick Robinson is to host The Met Ball next May, alongside Oprah Winfrey and Anna Wintour. We were jumping-off-the-walls excited when we heard, so we could only imagine how Patrick himself was feeling. But we can imagine no more, for the lovely Mr. Robinson spared some of his precious time to talk to us American Women, Oprah and the shoe we will ALL be wearing in 2010...

GRAZIA: Wow! You’re co-chairing the Met Ball with Oprah for Anna Wintour! How did that come about?
Gap is honoured to be invited by The Met to participate – supporting art and culture has always been at the heart of the brand. We are excited by the theme ‘American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity’, as this feels like a really natural fit - hopefully in our 40 years we have done just this by delivering versatile American style.

I love that this exhibition speaks to how the American woman is multi-dimensional – she’s about high fashion and she’s about everyday fashion - Gap to me is about creating everyday fashion that celebrates the individual and fits the way real women live their lives today. Which is why I’m thrilled Oprah is our co-chair for the Gala benefit as she epitomises this versatility and has played such a significant part in shaping everything about today’s woman. We are currently working on plans for the Gala Benefit on 3 May and I’m looking forward to sharing more information with Grazia Daily once plans are finalized.

GRAZIA: Tell us what you’re most excited about at Gap right now ?
I’m really excited about our pop-up stores, opening today in London, Paris and New York. For the last two years Gap has hosted a pop-up store in New York at our 54th & 5th Avenue location in NY which has been a successful way to bring a but now we’re taking this concept around the globe to celebrate Gap’s 40th Anniversary, as the original Gap store opened in 1969 selling denim and discs, it’s a fitting tribute to launch these stores, that offer the best of our denim as well as limited edition products and collaborations that celebrate and take reference from culture today, including shoe designer Pierre Hardy, musician Pharrell Williams and Paris boutique Merci.

I’m also thrilled about the amazing reaction to the Fall collection following our first Global show in London - we now have waiting lists for the Pierre Hardy boots, silk pocket tees and denim gilet which all arrive in the next two weeks.

GRAZIA: Which pieces from the current collection are being worn to death at Gap HQ ?
The Slender Chino has become a Gap uniform; particularly teamed with the Boyfit Shirt and the Boyfriend Pea coat in navy has also become ubiquitous!

GRAZIA: Can you give us some hints about your forthcoming new season presentation this season?
Look out for our new take on the classic Gap grey sweatshirt – which I predict will be the essential easy luxe piece for 2010. I’m also excited about the new wedge that Pierre Hardy has designed which feels very modern.

GRAZIA: There have been so many rumours about you and Kanye West working together on a line, or him being your intern at Gap? What’s really going on ?
Kanye's been spending time working in Gap's offices, working with me, as he's interested in gaining more first hand experience of the fashion industry…

GRAZIA: And finally, we’re big fans of the Gap style tweets. Please can you style tweet an outfit suggestion for us to wear at Fashion Week ?
Limited edition Garanace Dore Gap tee, denim gilet, indigo real straight jeans and grey suede ankle strap Pierre Hardy boots.


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