Fur hats, velvet and decadent lace: Banana Republic channels Russian royalty in first look at Anna Karenina-inspired collection
22:49 GMT, 20 July 2012
Banana Republic has debuted its much anticipated holiday collection inspired by the tragic literally character, Anna Karenina.
The unlikely inspiration choice comes from the new film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's epic love story, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, and takes cues from the 19th century and old-world Russian luxury.
Banana Republic's creative director Simon Kneen called the collection a 'return to elegance', telling MailOnline: 'Luxe pieces were commonplace in the time of Anna Karenina, and we want to bring a little of that back!'
Inspiration: Fashion brand Banana Republic has paid tribute to the tragic literally character, Anna Karenina in its much-anticipated holiday collection (pictured). It was inspired by her
Designed by the film's costume designer
Jacqueline Durran, the line features polished, tailored pieces that
conjure the classic refinery of the 1800's with luxe velvet, faux fur
Launching at Banana Republic retail locations and online this October to coincide with the U.S. release of the film, on November 9th,Mr Kneen said: 'This holiday, we’re
focused on little luxuries that we can include in our daily lives to add
a touch of sophistication.
'Whether you dress up your look with a fur stole or elegant piece of jewelry, the idea is to remember the importance of the way we feel when we treat ourselves to these special items.'
Stylish: The unlikely inspiration choice comes from the new film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's epic love story, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, and takes cues from the 19th century and old-world Russian luxury
In the film, Keira Knightley, who plays Anna, wears piles of pearls and crystal jewellery that Banana Republic reinterpreted.
Mr Kneen explained how the retail giant tackled the task of translating Anna Karenina into today's more modern aesthetic.
He said: 'The capsule is comprised of polished feminine looks for her and strong modern styles for him, reflecting the film’s period while translating it in a way that is wearable for today’s modern customer.
'[We] channeled luxuries of the era such
as intricate detailing and fine materials into modern items with
touches of faux fur, jewels, and other elements.'
Unique: The collection, seen above, was labelled a 'return to elegance' by creative director Simon Kneen
Accessories: Luxe pieces, like the ones seen above, were commonplace in the time of Anna Karenina
Prices will range from $39.50 for a blouse to $325 fr a coat. Accessories hit that affordable mark at $29.50 for for jewellery, to $250 for a handbag.
While Mr Kneen has a clear favourite look from the collection – 'The black faux fur hat with our little black dress is such a modern way to interpret Anna Karenina, which I love!' – for those unsure how to capture the period's aesthetic without looking like they have gone overboard, the creative director has a few tips.
He said: 'This capsule is really about
taking key elements of the Anna Karenina time period – sophisticated
fabrics and beautiful detailing – and translating that into an updated
wardrobe. Small touches such as lace and fur embellishments portray a
classic sense of luxury without requiring a full look that may feel
Star portrayal: Keira Knightley, above, plays Anna in the new adaptation and inspired the line's jewellery
He added: 'Even if incorporating vintage pieces, you shouldn’t don a full 19th Century look. Instead, mix and match with more modern pieces to keep it current.
'Jacqueline gave us great insight that the costumes often included pearls and diamonds. What girl doesn’t love that Layer on the jewelry and you’re done!'