Banana Republic to channel 19th century Russia with Anna Karenina-inspired collection

Banana Republic to channel 19th century Russia with Anna Karenina-inspired collection

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20:12 GMT, 6 July 2012

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20:12 GMT, 6 July 2012

Banana Republic is travelling back in time to 19th century Russia for a new collection inspired by the tragic literally character, Anna Karenina.

The unlikely inspiration choice for a holiday collection comes from the new film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's epic love story, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law.

Designed by the film's costume designer Jacqueline Durran, the line features polished, tailored pieces for both men and women, that conjure the classic refinery of the 1800's with luxe velvet, faux fur and lace.

Well-read clothes: Banana Republic is travelling back in time to 19th century Russia for a new collection inspired by the tragic literally character, Anna Karenina

Well-read clothes: Banana Republic is travelling back to 19th century Russia for a new collection inspired by the literally character, Anna Karenina

Launching at Banana Republic retail locations and online this October to coincide with the U.S. release of the film, on November 9th, the line is said to also touch upon a Fifties-influence.

Miss Durran told WWD: '[Like] Dior’s New Look. It was historical but had a twist to it as well.'

Simon Kneen, Banana Republic’s creative director and executive vice president of design said that the film is 'a very different take on Anna Karenina.'

Ms Durran called curating and styling
a capsule collection for Banana Republic inspired by the film 'a once
in a lifetime experience. I was given the chance to apply my passion for
period styles to a collection that translates to fashion today.'

Anna Karenina's style: The collection will include faux fur on collars, hats and coats, with richly-textured fabrics in black and dove gray

Anna Karenina's style: The collection will include faux fur on collars, hats and coats, with richly-textured fabrics in black and dove gray

In the film, Keira Knightley, who plays Anna, wears piles of pearls and crystal jewelry that Banana Republic reinterpreted.

Inspiring outfits: In the film, Keira Knightley, who plays Anna, wears piles of pearls and crystal jewelry that Banana Republic reinterpreted

Mr Keen added: 'We’re going to pull it together in a way that feels wearable.

'As we began designing this Holiday
collection, we found ourselves very inspired by the elegance typical of
the Anna Karenina time period.

'With Jacqueline's clear expertise and
extensive knowledge of the era, it was a dream to have her as part of
the styling and editing process, which allowed us to curate a capsule
that embodies the film's mood.'

In the film, Keira Knightley, who plays Anna, wears piles of pearls and crystal jewelry that Banana Republic reinterpreted.

Last year's collection: Banana Republic had great success with its previous Mad Men inspired holiday line, also created by the series' award-winning costume designer, Janie Bryant

Last year's collection: Banana Republic had great success with its previous Mad Men inspired holiday line, created by the series' costume designer, Janie Bryant

WWD wrote: 'Faux fur on collars, hats
and coats fall under the spell of Romantic Russian Imperialism, while
richly-textured fabrics in black and dove gray betray the Dior
influence.'

Prices will range from $39.50 for a blouse to $325 fr a coat.

Accessories hit affordable mark at $29.50 for for jewellery, to $250 for a handbag.

After the success of last year's Mad Men inspired holiday line, a 65-piece capsule collection also created by the series' award-winning costume designer, Janie Bryant, Banana Republic looks set to have a retail winner on its hands once again