Can Rodarte Save The Gap? Or: Can The Gap Save Rodarte?

We were about to write a post called "Why We Don't Care About The Gap's New Designers," and then we changed our minds. Here's the deal: The Gap anno
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We were about to write a post called "Why We Don't Care About The Gap's New Designers," and then we changed our minds. Here's the deal: The Gap anno
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We were about to write a post called "Why We Don't Care About The Gap's New Designers," and then we changed our minds. Here's the deal: The Gap announced some new diffusion pieces by CFDA/ Vogue darlings Doo.Ri, Thakoon, and Rodarte. At first we yawned, but then we realized: This could be Rodarte's big chance to change their tides. Of course, Rodarte has incredible support from Vogue and Bergdorf Goodman, but there's another powerful faction (led by Cathy Horyn at The Times) that can't appreciate the puffy silver pieces they sweep down their runway (in fact, the phrase "Sci Fi Convention" comes to mind). If Rodarte's pieces for the Gap are beautiful, wearable, and inspired by something besides Lord of the Rings, they could win some converts in the fashion world, and some shoppers in the real world. Doo.Ri's defection to the Gap is also interesting, considering her mentor is Mickey Drexler, a Gap refugee who now heads J. Crew...