>> Switching up its usual streamlined modus operandi, Banana Republic showed off a softer side for Spring 2011. The collection, designed by Simon Keen, focused on relaxed silhouettes and floral dresses as models like Tao Okamoto, Ajak Deng, and Hanne Gaby Odiele walked down the runway styled in head wraps and platform sandals. Fifteen highlights — which include flowy printed maxi dresses, wispy blouses, slouchy knit pants, and trench coat vests — in the slideshow.
>> The sounds of bombs dropping, bullets whizzing, and quotes from Lara Croft: Tomb Raider ("You don't think I'd go vaulting into thin air for nothing, do you?") punctuated the sci fi sountrack at Jil Sander today, with models criss-crossing the X-shaped runway in knit rompers and sharply tailored jumpsuits. Every single one tromped around in black mid-calf flat boots, while sheer panels stretched down from their tweedy jackets and short slashes revealed themselves in an otherwise buttoned-up collection.
Raf Simons seems to have joined Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada in going archival this season — he pulled out the plaids that Jil Sander first used during the early '90s. Another change for the designer: casting models of color — Joan Smalls, Rose Cordero, Sun Feifei, and Mengyao Ming Xi all populated the runway today. Brazilian sensation Alicia Kuczman, meanwhile, scored the exclusive.