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Banana Republic is making the leap from 18th Century Russia to modern day Hamptons by collaborating with Milly designer Michelle Smith. Smith's NY-based brand preppy brand, known for its colorful prints and dresses that are best described as "adorbs," caught Banana Republic's creative director Simon Kneen's attention thanks to its "summer feeling of great homes and beautiful beaches. The easy, breezy style of Milly and her Hamptons-chic style is a new take on aspirational summer dressing for our consumers."
The 60-piece collection for men and women will include "a new print created for the capsule and six updated Milly prints," according to WWD, and is priced from $45 to $175 for women's apparel, $24.50 to $64.50 for men's wear, and $39.50 to $130 for jewelry and accessories. The affordable aspirational dressing will be available for Hamptons-goers and everyone else come May at Banana Republic stores and online.
· Michelle Smith, Banana Republic Team for Milly Collection [WWD]
· Anna Karenina's Costume Designer on That Banana Republic Capsule and Making 19th Century Dresses Modern [Racked]