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					                                     SPRING SUMMER 2011

Travel. Discover. Explore. This forward‐moving energy informs the spring and summer
collections as endless versatility, effortless shapes and tactile finishes lend a palpable air of
discovery to each piece. With a focus on adaptability and uncomplicated ease—key Banana
Republic signatures—all make fitting additions to a modern wayfarer’s valise.

A survey of the season’s new neutrals starts with a range of airy whites. Evolving like light
and shadow at midday, the subdued gradient sweeps from warm ivory to cool ecru, and on
into a handful of quiet prints. Silhouettes are equally as relaxed: drop‐waist dresses, breezy
maxi skirts and liquid‐like sheaths form her indispensible wardrobe while draw‐string linen
pants, and tailored knits round out his.
The subtle washes of color crest and break into a series of oceanic hues from watery blue
to slate grays, where authentic textures pervade. Slub cotton leggings are topped off with a
denim military blazer and boxy parachute blouses fit with trim tulip skirts, creating a clever
sense of whimsy.

Menswear echoes this lighthearted exchange as chambray oxfords loosen up patch‐pocket
safari jackets while streamlined exteriors in salty gray hues add polish to heather
sweatshirts.

Utilitarian classics—each as easy to wear as it is to build upon—provide the perfect
foundation for a leisurely tour through summer’s lush rainforest prints and exotic
patterns. Fresh combinations of texture and proportion are explored with a sense of
romantic wanderlust: a batik midi‐skirt warms up a short trench dress, cargo pants become
sophisticated when rendered in liquid‐like tencel, while floral blooms put a distinctly
feminine spin on tailored safari jackets. And with a wedge heel and sculptural straps, the
neutral Belmont heel is well suited for any excursion.

Likewise, his adventurous separates—such as the slim cargo pant, patch‐pocket shirts,
walking shorts —make transitions easy to navigate. A palette of muted spice tones acts as
the harmonious underpinning to the contemporary Continental essentials including
madras shirting, inviting Henley knits and heritage army jackets in cool khaki or olive
drab—even a witty flash of paisley.

The journey continues through floribunda territory as graceful bloom‐covered dresses,
ranging from dainty hand‐drawn florals to exuberant watercolors, add the final punctuation
to a season of artful statements. Distinctive embellishments culled along the way—market
scarves, supple leather totes, burnished pendants—recall the treasured mementos from a
traveler’s diary.



For further information, please contact:

Mona Gopal                                        Saima Manzoor
Account Manager PR,                               PR Executive,
Tel +971 4 2011558                                Tel +971 4 2011243
Email mgopal@altayer.com                          Email smanzoor@altayer.com

				
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