Banana Republic to create collection inspired by Anna Karenina
Banana Republic is set to launch a capsule collection inspired by the upcoming film, Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley. The retailer will go back to 19th century Russia, but with a "different take on Anna Karenina," according to Banana Republic's creative director and executive vice president of design Simon Kneen.
Costume designer Jacqueline Durran has curated the collection by pulling her favourite pieces. Using the Fifties-influence of Dior's New Look, the collection is said to be historical with a twist. Durran described the opportunity as a "a once in a lifetime experience. I was given the chance to apply my passion for period styles to a collection that translates to fashion today."
Including faux fur on collars, hats and coats, the collection will comprise of richly-textured fabrics in colours such as dove grey and black. Durran has reinterpreted Knightley's Romantic Russian Imperialism costumes including strings of pearls and crystals.
"With Jacqueline's clear expertise and extensive knowledge of the era, it was a dream to have her as part of the styling and editing process, which allowed us to curate a capsule that embodies the film's mood," Kneen said.
Images from the film will be used in stores, and the collection will be featured in Banana Republic's October campaign. Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley, will screen in the UK from September 7.