As Racked so sadly discovered this weekend, today is the first day that Patrick Robinson for Target hits stores. It certainly doesn't have the fanfare that Proenza's diffusion line did, but as you all like to remind me, hype can't make the clothes fit any better. That said, it looks like the only thing from the line that we want is the print dress at left - a dress some pegged as a knockoff Chloe. We're not surprised.
What Went Wrong with Patrick Robinson at the Gap
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.