Roland Mouret x Banana Republic
Roland Mouret is to design a 25-piece
collection for Banana Republic.
Comprising skirts, tops, trousers and dresses in a pared-back palette,
the range for the popular US-based high-street chain will launch in August.
Mouret’s trademark dresses are tipped to become the most feted items,
especially as they will retail from $165 – a fraction of the cost of pieces from
his eponymous label. But, he says, it won’t be a replica of his own line:“It’s not
a copy of my clothes in a less expensive [version], but the experience of a
fitted dress for the Banana Republic customer.” His attention was caught by
Banana Republic’s innovative Sloan bi-stretch cotton fabric: “When I saw that
fabric I was so interested in working with it in my way,” he said. Melloney
Birkett, vice president of women’s design at Banana Republic, told WWD:
“Roland is famous for his dresses and we have a very successful dress business.”