Roland Mouret for Banana Republic

Monday, 14 April 2014
Not to be out-done by H&M’s latest designer collaborator announcement with Alexander Wang, American retailer Banana Republic has signed up Roland Mouret to design a limited-edition capsule collection. Mouret, known for his figure-flattering styles, will create an almost 30-piece collection for the high street store that has previously collaborated with L’Wren Scott and Issa London, launching worldwide and online in early August 2014.

The foundation of the womenswear Roland Mouret for Banana Republic collection will be the retailers’ signature ‘Sloan’ fabric, a unique blend of rich, bi-stretch fabric, which creates a "magic" fit that shapes through figure-flattering silhouettes. As Mouret is famous for his skills in draping, structure and style, the retailer felt that his “talents” would shine a light on the “dynamic” fabric.

Commenting on the collaboration, Mouret said: "Partnering with Banana Republic on this project was such an adventure for me. The common goal for this collection is to offer incredible fit through an assortment of hourglass silhouettes using Banana Republic's Sloan fabric, extending my love of structure into accessible prices. These pieces are multi-functional for the modern woman to wear and accessorize in her own way, making her always ready for life's journey."

Roland Mouret to design for Banana Republic

The capsule line will feature “must-have additions” for any woman’s wardrobe and will comprise of skirts, tops, blazers, trousers and dresses. Key details include bold colour-blocking, graphic perforated details, leopard prints, playful proportions and svelte cuts. Apparel will also include petite styles and will range in price from 49.50 dollars for a belt to 165.00 dollars for a dress.

Banana Republic vice president of women's design, Melloney Birkett, added: "I'm so inspired by Roland's skill for draping and attention to fit. He has such a strong sense of how to dress a woman, and brings a beautiful sensuality to his work.

“Roland's vision really matched ours as we worked together to use his design expertise as a build to Banana Republic's Sloan fabric to create a truly covetable collection."

The collection will be available from Banana Republic stores and online from early August.

Image: Roland Mouret for Banana Republic