'Anna Karenina' inspires new clothing line
Keira Knightley. (WENN)
From page to screen to stores, Anna Karenina has inspired a new clothing line by Banana Republic.
The film, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law was inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s novel based on a married woman who has an affair with a soldier, is set to be released this Fall. The capsule collection curated by the film’s award winning costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, is expected to hit stores in late October.
“As we began designing this Holiday collection, we found ourselves very inspired by the elegance typical of the ‘Anna Karenina’ time period,” said Banana Republic Creative Director and Executive Vice President of Design, Simon Kneen.
“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. Working with Jacqueline has been an incredible experience. Her understanding and passion for the project added a genuine dimension to the capsule.”
The collection takes inspiration for the 19th century fashions with a return to elegance and feminity, as well as modern and tailored looks for men. Capturing the story’s high-society setting, the line will include luxe fabrics, embellishments, lace, sparkle and a touch of romance.
The ‘Anna Karenina’ collection will include statement accessories and reflect the movie’s aesthetic.
“Working with Banana Republic and Simon to curate and style a capsule collection inspired by looks from ‘Anna Karenina’ was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says Durran.
“I was given the unique chance to apply my passion for period styles to a collection that translates to fashion today.”
‘Anna Karenina’ is not the first film to inspire a clothing line at a major retailer, earlier this year, ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ costume designer Trish Summerville partnered with H&M to create a line based on Rooney Mara’s character, Lisbeth Salander.