Editor’s Blog: Dreaming of Anna Karenina

Oh the opulence!

After viewing thousands of spring/summer items at trade shows this week, it was a visual treat to sink into the winter wonderland of 19th century Imperial Russia while watching the movie “Anna Karenina” last night. Especially since all that elegance is aligning nicely with much of what’s coming down the Pre-Fall 2013 runways.

The movie also just received an Oscar nomination for “Best Costume Design,” so I’m not the only one fantasizing about draping myself in fox and velvet.

Of course, it will be tough to rival the lovely Keira Knightley, whose Anna was dressed in the most sumptuous furs, lace, satins, feathers and pearls, but she is quite the muse (minus her crippling jealousy and one very unhappy ending). From her royal-worthy ball gowns to the rich damask walls, her world was a sight to behold.

Directed by Joe Wright (“Pride and Prejudice”), the film takes Tolstoy’s iconic story of love, passion and betrayal and puts a masterful visual spin on it, setting it up like a play.

High society is quite a stage, after all.

While Banana Republic launched their Anna Karenina collaboration last Fall, I wonder if it might have been a bit too early. It seems like all the rich opulence in fashion is still to come. Just check out these snaps from the Pre-Fall 2013 collections of Vera Wang, Lanvin and Louis Vuitton.

Opulence on the Pre-Fall 2013 runways. From left: Vera Wang, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Vera Wang


If you still haven’t checked out the film, make it a must-see. If not for the fashions or doomed love story, then for one of the most romantic side scenes ever to hit the big screen in recent memory–that of princess Kitty and Levin spelling out their love and forgiveness for one another with guilded wooden letter blocks (FAF–Forgive and Forget; and ILY–I Love You).

Old World texting at its finest!

For a complete look at Fall/Winter 2013-14, and the “Decadent Doll” Holiday trend, check out our webinar here.

Lauren Parker is the Editor of Accessories Magazine




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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine & accessoriesmagazine.com
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.