In almost totally unsurprising fashion news, Patrick Robinson has been fired as the creative director of Gap. Robinson — an actual designer-designer, with Anna Wintour's active support, a Parsons education, and stints at Giorgio Armani and Paco Rabanne under his belt — was brought on by the company in 2007. Robinson's tenure marked a turn towards more carefully designed collections — most notably, he took a year to re-design Gap's entire denim line, a successful collaboration with Stella McCartney for Gap Kids happened on his watch, as well as a shoe collaboration with Pierre Hardy that resulted in $250 wedges — but sales at the chain continued to slump, particularly in the U.S. What's unusual is that Gap is making this announcement without a replacement for Robinson in the wings. (Pam Wallack, head of something with the exciting name the Gap Global Creative Center, will manage day-to-day operations while the company searches for a new head designer.) Why the sudden push to oust Robinson now? Sales have been mediocre and products have been inconsistent at Gap for years. With no new talent in easy reach, and what with that ridiculously mismanaged "new logo" launch a few months back, it seems like Gap may continue to flounder aesthetically for the foreseeable future. [WWD]
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