First Look: Banana Republic Holiday '12 Taps Into the Moody Elegance of Anna Karenina
Inspired by the upcoming film Anna Karenina and its Leo Tolstoy novel predecessor, Banana Republic's Holiday 2012 collection, styled by the film's costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, is a modern-day interpretation of the tragic 19th-century Russian romance. The line highlighted the era's moody elegance and polished luxury. Look to the rich textures (brocade mixed with lace and chiffon) and even richer hues (think crimson reds, husky burgundy, and deep merlots) for instant evidence of the line's meticulous attention to costume drama elevated to contemporary standards. "The fur cossack hats on the mannequins are actually scarves — pieces like that are functional for cold weather but beautiful to wear," said Simon Kneen, Banana Republic's creative director. "I do love the chiffon dress with lace tights. I can easily picture Keira [Knightley, the movie's leading starlet] in it, too." Take a closer look at Banana Republic's 56-piece Anna Karenina capsule collection, as well as the retailer's complete holiday line-up, all available to us online in late October, inside.