Work Together, Wear Together: Oxfords
From the first time we laid eyes on the samples last fall we’ve been lusting over Gap’s version of the new It shoe. Simple yet sumptuous, our über-soft lace-up oxford is foot-flattering and feels like you’re wearing slippers (REALLY, they do!). To be worn with everything from rolled-up boyfriends to knitted knee highs to bare legs, these extremely versatile, hill-friendly flats (SF-biased, of course), are making us think it’s time for something a little more down-to-earth and walkable. It’s hard to pick just one shade (trust us, we know) so stock up in a few colors before they all disappear…
On Christine: Gap oxfords in taupe. DKNY tights. H&M shorts. On Allison: Oxfords in blue. Gap 1969 sexy boyfriend jeans. On Nina: Oxfords in gray. Look from London tights. Organic by John Patrick dress. On Sommer: Oxfords in fuchsia. Forever21 tights (cut into leggings). Alternative Apparel dress. Vintage cardigan.
Inside Peek: Kids + Baby Spring Photo Shoot
We love getting scooped on the latest shoots from our photo team. OK, that’s an understatement….we really love it. From the moment they start packing up the shoes, clothes, and props, we’re already anticipating their return. Visions of mini models posing, fans blowing, and cameras flashing dance in our heads—we want all the deets. This time around, the kids/baby shoot was all about bright color (those shoes!) and so-cool handmade papier-mâché props (hand over that giant fortune teller, please). Check out a few behind-the-scenes snaps. We dare you not to be as excited as we are!
Inside Peek: Spring Photo Shoot
COLOR was certainly the theme of our spring photo shoot! In typical Gap fashion, it played out like a Broadway show with its cast of highly skilled artisans—photographers, models, seamstresses, stylists and the list goes on. Walking around the buoyant set filled with rows of shiny accessories, racks of handpicked garments, and very attractive people (what? You don’t want us to lie, right?), makes it hard not to consider a career change! Of course they make it look so easy but we’re fairly certain orchestrating this caliber of a shoot takes a TON of work, patience, and finesse (think hair, makeup, years of experience, natural talent…need we go on?). We know we are excited for spring (weather and wardrobes, of course)—how about you?
Sneak Peek: Spring ’12 Moodboards
Even though everything’s gray and bleak around here (is winter in full force in your neighborhood, too?), we’re totally buzzing with thoughts of spring. Here’s a peek into the look and feel of our upcoming collections—sunshine, warmth, and easy-breezy days will be here before we know it!
For women, it’s all about deliriously unexpected color. We’re pairing richly hued tops with even brighter bottoms—think colorblocking taken to a whole new level. Also, clean, retro silhouettes à la My Week with Marilyn, with a very modern sensibility.
For men, our all-consuming obsession with color continues. Youthful, carefree-yet-refined looks with a nod to road trips and the open road. Get ready to pack those bags…
For kids, we’ve got three words for you: BOLD, FUN, and COLOR (are you seeing a trend here??). The coolest youngsters on the block are definitely dressing themselves—mixing & matching outfits their way, every day. Watch out, mom!
And finally, for our beloved baby collection, we’re focusing on those cherished, incredibly special first moments with a new little one. Sweet, lovely pieces evoking lots of whimsy and emotion.
Looking Ahead: Gap Spring 2012
Ah, spring! We are still looking forward to winter and dressing for all the requisite holidays and festivities, but the force that is Fashion Week has truly put us in the mood for spring (even from under our snoods here in SF). At Gap’s Spring 2012 presentation in NYC the message was clear: COLOR is It. So if fashion dictates our collective mood, early next year it’s all cheers, optimism, and happiness. And what are we happy about right now? Slouchy striped knits, candy-colored khakis, patchwork denim, printed bandanas, and yay, espadrilles. Take a look and let us know what’s on your must-get list.