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Preview: Gap goes leathery for fall and embraces the full maxi-skirt

April 19, 2011 |  7:16 am


Since designer Patrick Robinson stepped into the creative-director role at Gap in 2007, the mall retailer has upped its style quotient considerably, overhauling its denim (which now fits like a dream), then revamping the fit and feel of its pants, separates and accessories. 

For Fall 2011, the ubiquitous retailer is playing with leather, adding panels of the sensual stuff to denim skirts and and pants — and debuting a chic line of simple, chain-strapped leather shoulder bags. There are also faux-leather leggings, a style that's enjoyed surprising staying power over the past few years.

The brand is also endorsing fall's full maxi-skirt (see Jil Sander's full skirts for spring and fall), offering a navy, pocketed version with '80s Ralph Lauren-inspired pleats.

Of course there are great basics too, including workday flared trousers and a bow-tied button-front blouse in a pretty pale peach that can easily move from office to cocktail party.

The collection also features a handful of ultra-wearable marled-knit sweaters, including a gray scoop-neck pullover with 3/4-length sleeves that we can see pulling out of our closets repeatedly once the clime cools off.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photos: Looks from Gap's Fall 2011 collection. Credit: Gap.