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A classic L'Wren Scott design
L'Wren Scott, the (very tall) designer best known for high-glam red carpet looks, will be designing a 50-piece capsule for mall staple Banana Republic this holiday season. According to WWD, the collection will feature what Scott describes as "little perfectly fitted and beautifully made jackets", brocade and peony-printed jeans, shift dresses in stand-out fabrics, accessories like clutches and cashmere blankets, and "gorgeous" blouses. Also, striped berets.
As you have guessed by now, the selling point on this high-low collab is the mash-up of Scott's unabashedly luxurious perspective and Banana's consumate wearability: The collection "beautifully combines the ultra-feminine with wearable polish," says Scott of the partnership. Which sounds great in theory, but can actually be very difficult to pull off without either watering down the glamour angle or trampling any traces of wearability. Lanvin's party dress collection for H&M holiday 2010 managed it pretty well; Marchesa's off-price line for JCPenney, not so much. Here's hoping this one gets it right.
"Banana Republic was so part of my youth culture, it was the big store where you'd go when you wanted something chic," says designer L'Wren Scott. Image via Vogue.
Prices will range from $39.50 to $198 and the collection will be available in select stores and online as of December 5.
· L'Wren Scott Teams With Banana Republic [WWD]