Heart racing, palms sweating, butterflies in my stomach – definitely love at first sight. The object of my affection? A gorgeous printed silk dress accented with hues of marigold, burgundy, and brown from Banana Republic’s new Fall 2011 collection. Then I spotted a mini leopard print trench coat and long fuschia scarf which would complete my dream outfit and got infinitely more excited. In stark contrast to last year’s pastel and neutral-heavy trends, rich colours and brights are set to inherit the scene.
For fall, the full autumnal palette is represented in Banana Republic’s new collection, from rich red to grounded gray. The classic pieces also cover a spectrum of finishes and textures, including feminine ruffles and draping, cable-knits and faux furs, and will be perfect for the layering which inevitably accompanies this transitional season. As always, the standout offerings are Banana’s fitted trench coats for both men and women – spotted at the preview in leopard print, discreet plaid, and neutral solids. The overall effect is a season appropriate wardrobe which sneaks in a sprinkling of lingering optimism from summer’s flower filled gardens. I’m curious to know which of these pieces will be available in Petite cuts and I’ll be waiting eagerly to find out – the full collection will be available in stores by August.
The collection also prominently features complementing statement accessories and could provide measured pops of colour for those who prefer an understated approach. My favourites included a multi-colour cluster beaded bracelet with shades of red and orange, a green purse/satchel, and the perfect gold skinny belt.
Eagerly anticipating a fall wardrobe overhaul,