banana-republic_1.jpgBanana Republic previewed their Holiday 2011 collection this week at The Lion in New York. The vibe is aristocratic, according to Creative Director Simon Kneen.

He referred to the "anti-establishment princess who's bringing a bit of sparkle to a party that I want to be at." He said the collection was developing as a "hero and heroine" story even before the engagement of Kate and Wills, but we're sure the royals provided some extra inspiration.

The color story was fairly dark with jewel-tone blues standing out in a good way.

Another note to keep in mind - you're going to want to steal some of the menswear sweaters. Great gift idea for any men you may share a closet with.

[Image: WWD; Source: Style File Blog]