Anna Karenina goes Banana Republic
Banana Republic traveled back in time to 19th-century Russia to create the Anna Karenina-inspired holiday capsule collection, launching in late October to coincide with the movie’s Nov. 9 release. “You take [faux] fur, jewels, lace, textures, a bit of color…and reapply them,” the film’s wardrobe designer, Jacqueline Durran, says of helping the retailer reimagine the period costumes as a line of clothing and accessories that work for modern times.
A chiffon dress, faux fur scarf (worn as a head wrap), and crystal necklace are among the items in the 75-piece collection, with prices ranging from $29.50 to $500. “I’m pleased with how it worked out,” Durran says of the collaboration.
“We do have a lot of military references,” Banana Republic creative director Simon Kneen says of the menswear. A peacoat, double-breasted jacket, and ribbed scarf evoke the structured silhouette of the uniforms worn by the male characters in the film.
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