Banana Republic offered a press preview Thursday evening of its much-hyped “Anna Karenina” collection, a capsule holiday collaboration for men and women between the upcoming film’s costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, and Banana Republic creative director Simon Kneen. The lineup will hit stores in late October in advance of the movie’s release in November; Banana Republic produced the collection in partnership with Focus Features.
While the looks were inspired by the 19th century and the Russian romance of Karenina, a modern twist true to the Banana Republic label was evident. Primarily worked in black, key pieces included a lace dress, a military jacket and cape, as well as a red cowl-back dress. There were also faux fur accessories, beaded clutches, feather hair pieces and costume jewelry galore.
The 20-piece men’s wear collection also referenced 19th century themes with double- and single-breasted topcoats in houndstooth patterns and slim-fit flannel suits; historically significant accents such as faux fur collars were mixed throughout. Car coats and cold-weather parkas also made an appearance.