Fashionable Lit: Dress Like Anna Karenina for $500

See the first looks—and one exclusive sketch—from the Banana Republic collection

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A year after Banana Republic introduced its Mad Men capsule collection—a collaboration that helped the retailer post its highest first-quarter sales earlier this year—the company is launching a new line inspired by Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy’s epic 1877 novel about life, love and affairs among Russian aristocrats in the mid-19th century. The limited edition items will hit stores Oct. 30 in conjunction with the film’s November release.

The 76-piece collection was designed by Banana Republic with styling input from Jacqueline Durran, the film’s costume designer, with pieces for men and women. Drawing on the glamorous fashion of Russia’s high society, such as velvet fabrics and dramatic brocade patterns, the retailer tried to make pieces that referenced the film but embodied a modern take. For example, a decadent, red evening gown worn by Anna Karenina—a central costume in the movie—has been reinterpreted as a knee-length shift that can be worn to work under a blazer (see the sketch, exclusive to TIME, at right). “Looking back through history and then adapting older fashions to forward-looking pieces is a classic element of design,” says Simon Kneen, Banana Republic’s creative director.

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That was similar to the approach Durran took in creating the film’s costumes. “From the first meeting, [director] Joe Wright told me he wanted a hybrid style that mixed the sensibility of the 1870s with the strong silhouettes of the 1950s,” Durran said. Many of the luxe furs and huge baubles seen in the film have made their way to the capsule collection at prices that range from $29.50 for jewelry to $500 for a blazer. “These were really the signifiers of Russian luxury,” says Durran. “These different textures—and the combination of various elements—were at the core of what we wanted to create.”

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6 comments
Matt Sirls
Matt Sirls

It is in our innate nature as humans to seek out approval from others. Young adults are no exception and they are most susceptible to criticism. Social networking can quickly become a viral and sometimes tragic means of simply fitting in. Socialization is imperative at this age however, due to the current mode of social networking, jumping on the bandwagon of bullying is as simple as the click ...of a button, or typing harsh words which are often times out of sight and scrutiny of parents and school faculty. A barrage of this magnitude can be more than a young mind can endure. I am a father. It is my hope that age regulations be put in place on social networks in order to decrease the risk of social network bullying. If these regulations serve to save one life like Amanda Todd’s the regulations will not be in vain. Thirteen is such a young and impressionable age. I believe that under age children should be more closely monitored. There are now programs available for teachers to help in the prevention of bullying in school. Schools layout ground rules, regulate and monitor internet activity. Threats and bullying are not tolerated at schools or at home so how can we allow this to occur on cyber networks? I am asking for parent awareness. Subscribe to their posts or find someone you trust to do so. Encourage communication if the child or someone they know is being cyber bullied. I am asking for clearly stated rules and consequences for not adhering to them. Harsh words can hurt these children. This is not impeding on freedom of speech. We lose the right to bare arms when we choose to fire upon and victimize innocent lives.

Rakesh Kumar
Rakesh Kumar

Those who have written SARE JAHAN SE HINDUSTAN HAMARA ......poet IQBAL previously he was with nationalist forces like Ali Jinnha later they had changed his opinion due to Hindu facist forces like Madan Mohan Maliviya. Madan Mohan Maliviya was president of hindu sabha after joining congress he became of the president of congress with the support of gandhi.... Ali jinnha was very upset after this incident. Read about Hindu Mahasabha Maliviya was associated with Hindu Mahasabha and Brahmins Mahasabha both so I say him castiest and communal both.

Nazar Khan
Nazar Khan

I prefer this to be paid by the literary character.

Om Dennis
Om Dennis

My literary character, John Blackthorne (from Clavell's Shogun), wore a kimono. Doable, eh?

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