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Gap's European team shapes autumn offer

Shirt dresses, oversized cardigans and Balenciaga-inspired jodhpurs will all feature in Gap's autumn 07 range, the first complete collection designed by the chain's European merchandising and design team.

The offer will retain Gap's colour palette of khaki, beige, grey and white, with the emphasis on layering. But classic Gap products such as sweat tops, shirts and knitwear will have a more contemporary twist.

The range will also include parkas with oversized hoods, long ribbed cardigans and wide-leg women's trousers. The denim offer will have 1970s-inspired flared styles, pinafores and chambray smocks, while fine-gauge merino wool and cashmere will also feature.

Gap's more basic T-shirts, sweats, denims and chinos will still form a major part of the collection.

Gap Europe president Stephen Sunnucks told Drapers that the retailer's European customers liked to mix casual and smart pieces and had a greater appetite for trends. "Our aim is to produce collections that reflect Gap's essence while being relevant to customers in different markets," he said. "It's exciting to be able to deliver a collection that is 100% European."

The collection will be in store from August.

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