It’s been a season of second, third, and even fourth chances. After stints at Perry Ellis, Paco Rabanne, and Gap, designer Patrick Robinson is once again staging a comeback–this time, as creative director of Armani Exchange.
We can’t say for sure whether either of these comebacks will take, but we can tell you about the returns other designers have staged in the past. Here are fashion’s greatest comeback stories:
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When we first heard that Patrick Robinson had been dismissed as the head designer of Gap almost exactly a year ago, we can’t say we were completely surprised. With sales still looking dismal, the brand cleaned house at an executive level days before they canned Robinson–you could say he was a sitting duck. Still, we wondered, with a talent as big as Robinson’s (the Vogue darling has designed for Giorgio Armani, Perry Ellis, and Paco Rabanne) and a brand as powerful as Gap’s: What went wrong?
Apparently, a lot of things. This weekend the Sunday Styles took an in depth look at the various ways the Gap is trying to get back on its feet, namely with cleaner, better organized and peppier stores. More interestingly, the article delves (in a really dishy way!) into why Gap has been floundering these past few years, and, well, let’s just say it doesn’t exactly reflect kindly on Robinson.
In news that will probably surprise no one, Patrick Robinson is out at the Gap. Back in February, the Gap cleaned house at the management level, installing Pam Wallack as the executive director of the new Gap Global Creative Center. They also replaced their longtime creative agency, Laird+Partners. It was inevitable that more big changes would come, since Gap’s North American performance has been dismal and uninspired for several years.
“After spending the last three months in New York with the creative team, I’ve made the decision to make a change within our Gap Adult design team,” Wallack told WWD.