Banana Republic recently launched its Spring Summer 2013 and 'Mad Men' collection at the casual yet elegant No. 5 Lounge & Bar located at the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre.
The menswear collection includes bold plaids and stripes, the emergence of the sport coat, and the sophisticated suit for the boardroom. The women's collection celebrates color, print and pattern in iconic items like the era's popular shift dress with shorter hemlines, keyhole details, and checked capris. Accessories include, graphic scarves, and geometric jewelry for women along with fedoras and skinny ties for men, which complete the look with a nod to the time period while relating to modern runway trends seen for spring 2013.
From modern Lido stripes to classic tile patterns, cabana prints conjure up images of the French Riviera's sun-splashed coastline. Floor-grazing dresses with fluid, graphic lines call for a backdrop of Slim Aaron's poolside tableaus, while Ponte knit short suits—in the perennially refreshing white and navy palette—nod to nautical sportiness. These same Mediterranean blues wash over summer's denim separates. Unified by their streamlined fit and relaxed finish, the watery hues pair perfectly together when worn all at once; the unexpected combination offers him a fresh update to warm weather attire, as does the chambray suit.
As part of the Spring Summer 2013 collection from Banana Republic, the head-to-toe color story continues to blossom into a series of bold, monochromatic looks. Vivid brights — from signal orange to grass green—echo the season's buoyant mood. Columns of color create a long, lean silhouette and a fresh, modern statement for both him and her. Easy shift dresses, or breezy pants topped with a soft satin shell, become her answer to round-the-clock attire. A touch of gingham lands a playful, perfectly timed punch to his linen walking shorts and sporty v-neck knits; smart loafers and driving moccasins keep things grounded.
Likewise, confident white on white looks promise to keep their cool in any climate. The classic spectrum elegantly expands into cream, champagne, pebble grey and even caramel accents—Banana Republic's heritage hues. Ladylike finishes come to the surface—from shimmering sequin to gilded lace—lending a sophisticated polish. His sporty shapes including bomber jackets, polos and chinos prove that the new summer whites are anything but starched.