Banana Republic Taps Milly for Latest Collab

Sketch of Milly for Banana Republic collaboration, hitting stores this May

San Francisco–Banana Republic is certainly open-minded in the eras it chooses to channel!

From 19th Century Anna Karenina this past winter to its third Mad Men collection this March (more aptly called “Mod Men” as the show shifts into a late ’60s vibe), the specialty chain retailer is now going preppy (shall we label this the ’80s?) with its upcoming summer collaboration with Milly designer Michelle Smith.

“We wanted to focus on the vibrant colors and optimistic patterns that highlight the inspiring, fun-loving summer season,” said Simon Kneen, Banana Republic’s creative director and executive vice president of design. “Michelle’s keen sense of color, print and pattern are the perfect complement to Banana Republic, and her Hamptons-chic style is a new take on aspirational summer dressing for our consumers.”

Hitting the stores this May, prices on the 60-piece collection will range from “$45 to $175 for women’s apparel, $24.50 to $64.50 for men wear (a first for the designer), and $39.50 to $130 for jewelry and accessories.”

Women’s offerings will include “maxi dresses, mini skirts and shorts in a rainbow of on-trend colors, including lime, coral, and navy.

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Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine &
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories for the past 14 years, Lauren Parker has covered women's fashion accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. She frequently judges industry design competitions and loves seeing the next generation of designers come into their own. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.