Narciso Rodriguez Works for Banana Republic Now

Fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez attends the Narciso Rodriguez Fall/Winter 2010 fashion show after party at The Standard Hotel on February 16, 2010 in New York City. Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Well, technically, his start date is August 20, when he will assume an advisory role created specifically for him by "Banana Republic in partnership with its Executive Vice President of Design and Creative Director, Simon Kneen, beginning with the Fall 2013 collection," according to a press release. What a shame that Narciso missed out on contributing to the brand's Anna Karenina–inspired line.