Madonna's "headmistress" (and Mick Jagger squeeze) creates new Banana Republic collection
Following in the footsteps of H&M and Target, which have offered low-price collections from up-and-coming designers, Banana Republic is attracting buzz with a new, limited-edition line from L'Wren Scott.
Known mainly as the long-time squeeze of rocker Mick Jagger (they have been an item since 2001), the 46-year-old model/stylist-turned-fashion designer is not exactly a household name. But within the fashion world, she has a strong following among the A-list crowd for her slinky, sparkly gowns. Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Angelina Jolie and Amy Adams have worn Scott-designed gowns to the Oscars. Other celebrity clients include Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and Madonna, who popularized Scott's "headmistress" dress (a black sheath with white collar).
The collection will include slim-fitting dresses, ruffled blouses, printed pants and fitted jackets in an array of fabrics for the holidays.
In the designer's first collaboration with a global fashion retailer, the Banana Republic L’Wren Scott holiday collection will encompass a 50-piece line that includes slim-fitting dresses, ruffled blouses, jeans, printed pants and fitted jackets in an array of fabrics, including brocade, velvet and sequins for the holidays, the retailer announced on Wednesday. Other attention-getting items include striped berets and a clutch purse with a removable strap that can be worn as a necklace.
The collection, in Banana Republic stores and online Dec. 5, will range in price from $39.50 to $165 for clothes in petite and tall sizes (Scott is a towering 6-ft, 3-in. in flats, so she understands the need for clothes in different sizes). Accessories will run from $39.50 to $198.
In teaming with Scott, Banana Republic appears to be seeking a more glamorous clientele. Previous collaborations have been with designers like Trina Turk, Issa and Milly, whose aesthetic is more in keeping with the retailer's sensibly-minded core customer.