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.
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.