By Janet Kelly
PETER DO, known for his tailoring prowess and craftsmanship, is a busy guy. In addition to his own five-year-old label, he was named the creative director of Helmut Lang last May. However, when Banana Republic came calling, he was skeptical that the “industry was going through a collaboration exhaustion” and he didn’t want to add to that conversation if he didn’t have anything new to say. It took going through BR’s archives and spending time reacquainting himself with the brand for Do, impressed by the quality of what he saw, to have a change of heart.
In September, 2021, in this space we wrote about Banana Republic’s “New Look,” bringing back the materials the company was known for—Italian merino wool, silk and cashmere—and “taking the best of the past and using it to make the DNA for the future.” In the past year and change, the brand has intensified those efforts. It even launched a home-goods line with all the swank of Restoration Hardware. But BR’s biggest coup was having 10 Peter Do x Banana Republic looks sprinkled into the Do’s own 2024 collection during Paris Fashion Week this fall.
The 28-piece capsule collection hit markets today, Oct. 10, with ready-to-wear pieces, such as pleated trench coats, cinched- waist blazers and button-downs in Do’s neutral color palette. Prices range from $100 for a scarf to $1,200 for a khaki trench with a removable shearling collar. Some clothing is already sold out, so don’t dawdle if you love something. Below, some items we liked a lot.
Made from an Italian viscose-rayon-wool blend, this innovative design consists of an oversized, cropped trench (that detaches at the neck) to reveal a vest dress tailored with classic lapels, button-front closures and pleated inserts. High style, indeed, for a heady $900.
Inspired by a BR sweater from the 1990s, this two-piece turtleneck sweater is knit from ribbed cashmere with an oversize mock vest and detachable shrug (attaches with button at back neck) with cape-like sleeves that can be worn as a scarf. It sells for $500.
A contemporary take on the traditional tuxedo pant, these Italian virgin-wool trousers (also available in khaki) are trimmed with a silk-satin stripe and tailored for comfort with a relaxed fit enhanced by generous pleats, an adjustable-tab waistband and front and back pockets. They sell for $300.
This graphic silk twill scarf is already sold out, but here’s something similar for the same price—$100—cut with ample enough proportions to double as a draped top.
This utility shirt reminds me of a safari-inspired Banana Republic shirt or field jacket that I would have gone for in the early days of the company. This one in silk is fancier but with a long, removable belt, it’s adjustable for the silhouette you want. It sells for $300.
With a nod to the traditional jacket, this wool tuxedo blazer ($700) takes a modern turn with an oversize silhouette and lapels, shoulder patch and front breast pockets in leather for a textural contrast and a belt at the back.
A striking banana print gives personality to this cream-and-black alpaca-blend ribbed crewneck sweater with dropped shoulders and flared sleeves for $280.
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