First look at Banana Republic's Anna Karenina-inspired collection channeling 19th century Russia – but this time the fur is all faux
14:54 GMT, 25 October 2012
Lace, faux fur and velvet punctuate Banana Republic's latest collection, inspired by Leo Tolstoy's classic novel, Anna Karenina, which has been the subject of a much-anticipated film adaptation.
To capture the feel of 19th century Russia, the 76-piece range was created in collaboration with the film's costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, who was responsible for dressing both Keira Knightley and Jude Law on set.
For women there will be feminine dresses, and military-inspired outerwear, while menswear will consist of old-world topcoats and suits in houndstooth, and
flannel. Prices will range from $39.50 for a blouse to $325 for a coat, and $29.50 for for jewellery, to $250 for a handbag.
Modern day Anna: The line for Banana Republic, released October 30, 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
Talking about the line which will hit stores next Monday, Banana Republic's
creative director Simon Kneen, told InStyle.com: 'It's really about taking key
elements of that time period – sophisticated color, fabrics, and
beautiful detailing – and translating that into an updated wardrobe.'
touches such as lace and fur embellishments portray a classic sense of
luxury without requiring a full look that may feel 'costumey.'
if incorporating vintage pieces, you shouldn't don a full 19th-century
look. Instead, mix and match with more modern pieces to keep it
Ladylike: Jacqueline Durran, the film's costume designer, helped to curate Banana Republic's capsule collection to embody the film's mood
Old-world to new-world: Prices will range from $39.50 for a blouse to $325 for a coat, and $29.50 for for jewellery, to $250 for a handbag
Military man: Launching at Banana Republic retail locations and online this October to coincide with the U.S. release of the film, on November 9th, the menswear selection will consist of old-world topcoats and suits
Banana Republic has launched several screen-inspired collections, and has an ongoing Mad Men collaboration.
Ms Durran has worked her design magic on other Kiera Knightly films such as Pride &
Prejudice and Atonement.
'She really is so delightful,' the costume designer said.
Film to fashion: The collection is inspired by Anna Karenina's style and will include faux fur on collars, hats and coats, with richly-textured fabrics in black and dove gray
'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
'She’s a real collaborator, so that she’s involved in the style
of the costumes. But she always understands that she’s a piece for the
movie and she’ll always refer to the director.
'All the movies I’ve done
with her have also been directed by Joe. And he has a very strong vision
that we all work toward. So we all work together as a team really, and
she couldn’t be nicer.'
The Anna Karenina collection hits Banana Republic stores and bananarepublic.com on Monday, October 30.