Stylebook: 'Anna Karenina' inspires collection from Banana Republic

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Banana Republic is gearing up for the upcoming release of "Anna Karenina" with a capsule collection curated by costume designer Jacqueline Durran and inspired by the movie's elegant 19th-century European style.

Women will have 56 pieces to choose from, including faux fur stoles, beaded clutches, dresses, skirts and wool capes. For men, the line carries 20 pieces, such as a wool double-breasted coat, a wool houndstooth top coat and pants and jackets.

It arrives today in stores and online at for $59.50 to $500 for apparel and $29.50 to $225 for shoes and accessories.

Other capsule collections in the news this week:

• The limited-edition Narciso Rodriguez line for Kohl's will roll out Nov. 7. Expect sleek, contemporary looks with lots of colorblocking and some prints. Get a preview at

• Get an online sneak peek of the much-anticipated Maison Martin Margiela for H&M line, expected in stores in mid-November. Photos of the collection's oversized, draping silhouettes can be viewed at

• Target announced a collaboration with Prabal Gurung for and brick-and-mortar stores in February.

• JCPenney will welcome clothes, accessories and housewares from Nigerian-born London-based designer Duro Olowu at most locations in March.

Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

The Limited grand opening event at The Mall at Robinson: Celebrate the new 4,400-square-foot store and its offering of professional and casual winter attire for women Thursday. Shoppers will receive a free canvas tote, while supplies last, and can enter to win a $500 gift card. A handful of local fashion bloggers also will be on site and tasked with building ensembles based on accessories at the store.

Westmoreland Cultural Trust "Holiday Fashion Fantasy": Get a jump-start on holiday shopping by browsing casual and party selections for men, women and children beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Greensburg Garden & Civic Center. Guests also will be treated to a runway show, champagne toast, coffee and desserts.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Space is limited. Information: 724-836-1123 or

Annual Art of Wine and Fashion benefit: On Friday, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona will hold the fundraiser for the 10th year, this time decked out in a "Back in Black" theme. At 6:30 p.m., champagne and hors d'oeuvres will be served at the museum. The party will then continue next door at The Columns with a buffet dinner, dancing and a silent auction of purses decorated by Nancy Sheetz. There also will be a raffle and style show.

Admission is $75 per person. RSVP at 1-814-946-4464.

Shadyside Mining Company gem and fossil event: The store at 738 Copeland St. will hold a gem, mineral and fossil sale Friday through Sunday. It will spotlight pieces from around the world.

Information: or 412-688-8088.

Trunks shows for him and her at Larrimor's: The high-end clothing store will hold trunk shows this weekend catering to a range of personal styles. For the woman wanting unique haute couture designs, she can shop Alta Moda creations Thursday and Friday at One PNC Plaza, Downtown. For him and her, Kinross will have classic cashmere pieces and clothing staples such as sweaters, gloves, hats, scarves and more on Thursday and Friday at the Downtown location and Saturday and Sunday at The Galleria, Mt. Lebanon.

Information: or 412-471-5727 (Downtown) or 412-344-5727 (Galleria).

Also in the news ...

Glenn Beck, Rob Kardashian plan fashion lines: Seems like everybody wants to be a designer these days. The latest celebs bitten by the fashion bug are conservative talk show host Glenn Beck and reality TV personality Rob Kardashian. Earlier this month, Mr. Beck launched as part of 1791 Supply & Co. clothing a denim line with classic and straight cuts for men that run just below $130. He was inspired to dabble in denim after a recent Levi's ad campaign that he felt "promoted progressivism," according to the Huffington Post.

Mr. Kardashian is following in the footsteps of his sisters' many forays in fashion with a sock line slated to arrive at Neiman Marcus next month, reports Women's Wear Daily.

Barneys New York holiday window display stirs controversy: The upscale retailer has planned a Disney-themed display that will feature a slimmed-down Minnie Mouse in designer wear. But the choice has many saying, "Bah! Humbug!" Plus-size models, the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Binge Eating Disorder Association are concerned the windows will send the wrong message about body image and eating habits to the public. Online petitions also have been started at and Barneys and Disney responded with a joint statement:

"We are saddened that activists have repeatedly tried to distort a light-hearted holiday project in order to draw media attention to themselves. They have deliberately ignored previously released information clearly stating this promotion is a three-minute 'moving art' video featuring traditional Minnie Mouse in a dreamlike sequence set in Paris where she briefly walks the runway as a model and then happily awakens as her normal self wearing the very same designer dress from the fashion show."

Kate Spade to release new lifestyle line: For fashionistas who are fans of Kate Spade New York but wish it included more casual offerings at lower prices, Kate Spade Saturday will sell weekend-friendly outfits and accessories for the 20s and 30s crowd, plus home goods and beauty selections, at a fraction of the prices of the New York label. Look for it next spring in the United States for prices ranging from about $25 to $130-plus.

U.S. Department of Labor subpoenas Forever 21: The fast-fashion retailer is in the news -- and not for its remarkably low prices and ever-changing stock of young adult fashions. This time, it's for failing to provide the U.S. Department of Labor paperwork about labor practices related to its clothing contractors and manufactures. The documents were requested after "sweatshop conditions" were suspected by investigators.

"When companies like Forever 21 refuse to comply with subpoenas, they demonstrate a clear disregard for the law, and the Labor Department will use all enforcement tools available to recover workers' wages and hold employers accountable," said Ruben Rosalez, regional administrator for the U.S. Labor Department's West division.

Starbucks gift cards, NYC MetroCards get fashion makeovers: Apparently people aren't the only ones who change up their looks on occasion. Starbucks and New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority are giving their respective gift and MetroCards a style boost. The Gap has unveiled 125,000 MetroCards with a navy blue background and the words "Be Bright NYC," a nod to the retailer's "Be Bright" clothing campaign.

Starbucks will greet the holidays with a line of limited-edition gift cards designed by Rodarte. Look for them in mid-November.


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