The Designer Behind The New Gap
Patrick Robinson, the designer behind the rejuvenation of the Gap Brand, has much to say about classic style. He should know, as he’s spent time working at Paco Rabanne, the French fashion house, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Annie Klein, and Perry Ellis. His mix of vintage and classic pieces were a hit with the critics and he garnered a nomination for the Council of Fashion Designers of America award.
Robinson was known throughout the Fashion world for his singular Creative vision which he brought to Gap, when he arrived there. Gary Muto discussed Patrick’s work saying, ” Part of the reason is that the designs are selling. Where we’re going to win is with those items that are truly versatile, that a person can dress up or dress down and still be able to express their own personal style.”
Perhaps Mr. Robinson sees that it really is about the work, not just being involved in the glitz and glamour of being a part of high fashion. In a New York Times article, he says, “Speaking honestly, when I was younger, I really wanted the fame thing. It was part of the game of being a fashion designer. But that doesn’t turn me on anymore. What turns me on — my soul — is making cool clothes and being part of a company where I can actually see the difference I’m making. I’m not just spinning my wheels and getting the clothes into five stores in America.”
And he’s doing just that including plaid dresses, sleeveless wool coats, variations of cargo pants, slouchy blazers and tunics. But Patrick says you don’t need to spend a fortune to have good style. Instead a woman that stands out from the crowd, does her own thing, wears clothing that looks good on her body type, and walks with an air of confidence is something anyone can obtain.
Spoken like a true pro.