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News broke this morning in WWD that Patrick Robinson, the executive VP of Gap Global Design for Adult and Body (whew, what a title), is out and the Gap is searching for his replacement. The trade paper reports:
Robinson joined the Gap in 2007 to try to revive the look but had little success. He’s not only been the top design and creative force for Gap but also the most visible, and often served up for media interviews and fashion previews.· Patrick Robinson out at Gap [WWD]
The California-born designer with a laid-back hip demeanor worked for Giorgio Armani, Anne Klein, Perry Ellis, and Paco Rabanne, was a graduate from the Parsons School of Design, and a Vogue rising star in 1996. But he couldn’t make his magic work at Gap. Products have been widely regarded as uninspired and often quickly marked down.