Just a few weeks out from his Helmut Lang debut, Peter Do has revealed he has an entirely different venture in the works: an exclusive capsule collection made in collaboration with Banana Republic. Coming this October, the team-up will see the New York designer, who honed his design codes while working under Phoebe Philo at Celine, dip into the American apparel purveyor’s decades-spanning archive to produce a line of versatile, well-tailored wares.
The capsule is said to feature “transformational and genderful” ready-to-wear pieces and accessories, all of which will be crafted on Do’s signature neutral color palette. Reimagining Banana Republic’s quintessential shapes, the collection will include structured outerwear, soft knitwear and utility silk shirting, per the brands.
The partnership is Banana Republic’s most distinguished collaboration in its history, and it comes as the company looks to facilitate a self-stated “brand transformation.” The GAP-owned label has previously staged lowkey runway shows during New York Fashion Week, and it once enlisted the CFDA and designer Greg Lauren for a line of distressed menswear; but its newfound affiliation with Do, who is among the most in-demand of fashion’s present-day newcomers, will undoubtedly bolster the elevated reputation that Banana Republic desires.
Despite being one of America’s fastest-growing fashion talents, Do has always been reluctant to engage in press opportunities. The Banana Republic collaboration, however, will shed a wider-spanning spotlight on the Vietnamese-born designer’s namesake label, which was launched in 2018.
The Banana Republic x Peter Do collection will launch online and in select Banana Republic stores this October. Take a first look at the range in the gallery above.
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