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Joe Zee Wore Gucci to the Banana Republic Spring 2011 Show

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Last night, Banana Republic presented its Spring 2011 runway show at a venue now christened The Waterfront, but which retired 90's club-goers may fuzzily remember as the former debauched nightclub the Tunnel (read/see Party Monster for more background). Now it's an office building, go figure.

The show was much swankier affair than expected from everyone's favorite mall store and, to be honest, we were having a hard time believing that anyone attending was actually wearing Banana Republic.

Speaking of, we ran into the always chic and engaging Joe Zee of Elle magazine and the now defunct MTV show, The City. "I’m not wearing Banana Republic, but I should right?" Joe admitted to us. "I’m wearing Gucci. But I think if Banana Republic made a peak lapel suit, I’d wear it." Taking notes, Banana?

We just had to ask Joe about the status of the love-to-hate-her Olivia Palermo now that The City is dunzo. As we should have expected, Joe gave us a nice and diplomatic response, "Olivia has so many fires, you know, she has a lot going on right now. So like, I’m not worried about Olivia, she’s busy working on a lot of different things."

Guess we'll have to hunt down Erin for some real dirt.

Banana Republic presented its safari chic meets preppy Americana collection with forty nine complete head-to-toe Banana Republic womenswear and menswear looks. As the models sauntered down the runway, we found ourselves ogling two things: These Rachel Comey-esque tan Belmont clog sandals that totally worked with everything, from airy floral gowns to mini-trench-dresses and the ridiculously cute male models. Take a look at the eye-candy in the video of the final walk below.

· Banana Republic [Official Site]

The Waterfront

269 11th Avenue, New York, NY