Anna Karenina Collection in Banana Republic
Speaking of costumes, can I say how envious I am of Keira Knightley (the actress who plays Anna Karenina)? She gets to wear the most divine gowns, hats, and jewelry. Her costume wardrobe consists of silk, whispers of lace, burgundy, and luscious fur. The film’s costume designer, Oscar nominated Jacqueline Durran, derived inspiration from Christian Dior’s 1950s collection as well as 19thcentury Russian aristocracy. Durran wanted to combine the stark silhouette of the 50s with the softness of 19th century gowns. A fusion of structure and romanticism, self-control and liberty seem to symbolize Anna’s internal conflict as well as Tolstoy’s general theme of Russian traditionalism vs. democracy.
Banana Republic understands that we can’t exactly reenact the scenario depicted above, so they designed an exclusive Anna Karenina collection just for us. The collection is available in stores now and features a contemporary and wearable version of Knightley’s film wardrobe. Incorporating timeless black, luxe oxblood, lace, pearls, and fur hats, this collection mirrors Russian bourgeoisie in its own way. The outfits featured here are also very modest. They are perfect for many occasions, from traditional Thanksgiving dinners to board room conferences.
The fur hat is clearly a portrayal of Russian aristocracy during the 19th century, while the black military jacket is inspired by Count Vronsky. Lace and burgundy hint to Anna's innate allure and sophistication. Below is the blogger from "Cheetah is the New Black" donning an AK + BR outfit (right).