>> Fresh off the news that Gap is going for a younger, more diverse audience, Patrick Robinson previewed the retailer's Fall 2011 offering yesterday — for the nondenim side of the business, anyway (a separate presentation is expected later to highlight the denim component, which Gap is pushing). Two new pants silhouettes were introduced, the cropped and slim fit, and cropped and flared; more emphasis was placed on knits and sweaters; and the brand is dialing back the layering for Fall, instead focusing on texture. There's also more leather than usual. “We felt strong about leather as a trend," Robinson explained. "You can dress it up or dress it down. Leather is becoming your new jean."
Gap Bets on Leather for Fall 2011 Collection