>> News just broke that Patrick Robinson has been let go as executive vice president of Gap Global Design for Adult and Body. "After spending the last three months in New York with the creative team, I’ve made the decision to make a change within our Gap Adult design team,” said Pam Wallack, head of the Gap Global Creative Center. Robinson joined Gap in 2007 hoping to revive the brand, but his efforts did not make the mark as North America sales reports indicated negative sales results and inconsistent compared to its international operations. The brand is currently looking for a replacement, but in the interim, Jennifer Giangualano, senior vice president of Gap Kids and Baby Design, will help oversee the adult design team. [WWD]
Pierre Hardy designed a very chic shoe for Gap, which will hit select stores tomorrow, May 5. For those Pierre Hardy lovers who won't be near a Gap tomorrow, the shoe ($125) is currently available at gap.com. Here's a shot of the feminine, and totally sexy, shoe. We think it's a perfect match with skinny jeans and a floaty Summer top, what do you think?
When we spotted Mandy Moore stepping out in Spring brights and easy chic trousers, we knew this was a look we'd want to add to our own repertoire. We love how her peachy-bright top pops against her crisp, white Phillip Lim jacket ($650) and slim black bottoms ($60) — plus the proportional play of the cropped blazer and longer blouse. Just click the items above to shop a similarly effortlessly elegant style.
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We've all heard the requisite tales of bridesmaid dresses gone horribly wrong — ill-fitting, unflattering, and worse. So, while we know it's really all about the bride, for the sake of your friends' sartorial satisfaction, we've hand-picked the bridesmaid dresses that they'll actually be happy to wear at the wedding. From the more traditional sort to a bevy of pretty cocktail dresses that will transition perfectly beyond the big day, we've got it covered. Click through our editor's picks to shop the bridesmaid dresses your wedding party will happily purchase, wear, and keep long after you say "I do."
At their Fall 2011 preview yesterday in New York, Gap showed a polished and sleek collection of separates designed for easy sophistication. There were plenty of pants, from leather leggings to bootcut trousers and skinny cords. Leather pieces — including a nude leather jacket and black shift dress — showed a super chic direction and suggested that Gap might be a destination for more than denim and tees next Fall. Accessories were a bit more sleek as well, from leather crossbody bags to pointy-toe heels with a little petal on the back, showing a grown-up Gap girl who can easily dress up her denim. Click our slideshow to see the looks for Fall 2011.
With Spring in the air, our mind naturally follows to what's next — Summer! — in just a few short months. If you're already longing for shorter shorts, sunnier prints, and fresher denim, Gap's latest Summer '11 lookbook is ready to shop and chock-full of the lighter wardrobe staples we'll be slipping into all season. Step inside to see the lookbook's guide to making the most of your Summer style.
Plaid may be known for being a Fall staple, but it can work just as well for Spring. Put away your thick flannels — look for lightweight checkered pieces in a bright color combo, or pair your plaids with fresh white denim to make them Spring-ready. If you can only take plaid in small doses, try a chic pair of slip-on sneakers, or a straw fedora with a fun plaid ribbon. Click the items below to shop now.
>> Bold stripes are a big thing for Spring thanks to Prada. We like Andy Torres from Style Scrapbook's interpretation of the trend — a beige and black calf-length maxi and slouchy sweatshirt combo, jazzed up with a tan belt, cat-eye sunnies, and boots. Get a similar casual-meets-cunning ensemble with our picks from Acne, Gap, Alexander Wang, and Michael Kors.
Left to right: Gap Sweatshirt ($40), Johnston & Murphy Belt ($58), West Avenue Jewelry Name Plate Necklace ($125), Sparkle & Fade Striped Knee-Length Skirt ($49), The Row Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($442), Michael Kors Watch ($250), Acne Pistol Short Boot in Black ($560), Alexander Wang Marti Leather Backpack ($850)
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There's no more iconic ode to LBDs and pearls than Holly Golightly standing before a Tiffany's window in the classic Breakfast at Tiffany's. We still have our pearls and LBDs, but unless the prim ladylike look your grandmother rocked is your goal, it's time to think about combining pearls and little black dresses in fresh and modern ways. We found 10 dresses and 10 pearl necklaces that are incredibly chic and fresh, and when paired together, they are knockout gorgeous.
When it comes to Spring dressing, perhaps you prefer a classic, effortless fare — or maybe you just want to adopt a sharper, more tailored aesthetic. Either way, Spring can be a great time to pare down and get back to basics, with neat lines and crisp neutral tones. So keep it simple, sister — click through to see the 10 clean, tailored pieces you need for the upcoming season.