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Posted on August 06, 2014
Roland Mouret for Banana Republic Collection available online and in select stores 8/7 and will range in price from $49.50 (belt) to $165.00 (dress).
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Exactly what you would expect to see from Roland Mouret for Banana Republic.
I’m envisioning you saying that really sarcastically while holding a vodka stinger in one hand and flicking the ashes of your cigarette with the other!
With a jade cigarette holder, darling!
Sooo, Snoozeville with a high price tag?
Bodycon snoozeville. It’s boring and no one can wear it!
True, but I still want it all.
Pffft, I was gonna say Sears!
Kind of boring and not especially wearable, which a failure for both designer and retailer. It all fits very close to the body, in a restrictive silhouette that’s not great for work. The “going-out” looks don’t feel special enough to warrant what is sure to be a heftier price tag.
How I long for the Banana that was. #2008 #brmonogram
That’s what I was thinking – too sexy for work, too boring for nights out.
It is a rather boring collection, but I really like looks 2 and 3 because I think you could snazz them up with some jewelry, the right shoes and maybe a belt. With these dresses it’s all about having fun with the accessories to make them less boring.
2 and 3 were my top picks as well, they offer the most possibilities. Though I feel that you’d have to be the editor of a fashion magazine or some such to rock 2 as workwear.
Yes, it’s basically a cheap version of his famous Galaxy dress. You’d probably have to be Victoria Beckham or Emily Blunt’s character in The Devil Wears Prada in order to rock it.
She can rock anything. That bitch.
2 and 3 were the ones that immediately set me yawning.
Eh, I work in a very conservative office and I feel like I could get away with 3, 4, or 5 (at least on “business casual Friday, or by adding a blazer to #3)..but I don’t buy/wear my clothes VPL-tight. The midi-length is good, if they really are that long IRL.
Dress #1. Isn’t that the same one that Julianne Hough was sported in the latest entry?
yes. She was attending the Banana event…
Kinda boring, but I really like number 4.
I like the pink number, but that’s it. All standard and boring. And nothing that would be flattering on anyone over a size 4.
Love dresses #2 and #3. Question: Does anyone else think Victoria Beckham stole her aesthetic from Roland Mouret? They’re so similar.
Unfortunately I am very familiar with Banana Republic clothing, and they feel excruciatingly like Banana Republic dresses. Which is, okay I guess? I do like 5.
The cheapest thing is a $50 belt….and that’s why I don’t shop at Banana Republic.
I shop only at the BR Outlet, and even then I wait for things to be 70% off or more!
Sale prices with an additional 30% off are why I shop at BR.
Zzzzzzz, and one (#6) “no thanks” – of course, I am most definitely not their demographic, anyhow.
ALL the leopard print will end up on the sales rack. Trust.
I hate leopard print with very few exceptions. The only dress I ever liked that was leopard print was a Dolce & Gabbana one and that might have been because the person who was wearing it was practically perfect looking. It usually comes off as so tacky looking, but that was the one time it looked sophisticated.
And there’s a BIG difference between “I love your dress! It’s Dolce?!” and “That dress is Banana, right?”.
You know she would rock it, especially in the Wilma silhouette.
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Whereas I consider leopard print a neutral!
Lol To each their own!
Among my friends it is known as The New Jersey Neutral. Goes with everything.
Especially that sweater vest.
Is it me, or does the model appear to be stepping out of the shoes in many of the pictures?
The clothes just aren’t rocking my world, and I like relatively boring/classic styles when shopping for myself (as opposed to when looking at cool stuff online and dressing my pretend alter egos who live more exciting lives). These look too young and too old at the same time?
I have boobs, so I doubt I’d make any of these work. Not that I want to.
I fell asleep after the pink one.
Colorforms + animal print.
All pretty basic; feels very two-dimensional somehow. For sylphs only. But that’s what Banana Republic does.
Meh. I liked the Marimekko collection enough to buy my first couple of Banana pieces in years, but this turned out so boring. Disappointing.
Very office appropriate. Can’t really hate.
None of this is special enough to justify the riot that will surely ensue when it hits the racks.
These are cute pieces paired with the worst footwear possible.
Double the Miu Miu skirt, double the Roland Mouret dress… doppelganger day!
…and I was worried about buying Banana Republic because it would draw attention to my not flat stomach…
A few of these could look good if a gal jazzed them up with some jewelry, and any shoes other than the 80-year-old man’s bedroom slippers that the model is wearing.
At least it would be the only Banana pieces where the knees are covered. For those of us who would want that I have to see them at the store to see if they warrant the price… It would be the closest I could get to Mouret dress…
Don’t bore Nina!
Serviceable work clothes. I appreciate, even though Banana Republic is on the very far, high edge of my price range (with “FREE!” being the low end). Nothing to write home about though. I hope to find them at TJ Maxx or Marshalls in a few seasons.
Get on their mailing list and hit up their sales. They are pretty decent, sometimes even having as much as 40% off.
I’m still mad at the Gap for not honoring an online sale in store (which is petty but there you go) but I may consider buying from Banana if it’s deeply discounted.
Wow. Dress #3 is exactly like the bridesmaids dresses in my wedding in 1997.
I take it that that is not a compliment.
It’s perfectly fine. I wish they would have styled the model with some more oomph. Poor girl.
I would wear just about everything in this collection that isn’t shorter than the knee. Unfortunately, BR dresses almost never work on long-waisted gals, so they will need some alterations.
Well, it is not very fashion forward, that’s for sure. I guess that is not what they were going for. The dresses were a compromise with my mother who thought that all black dresses would be dreadful for a wedding.
I think it’s a cute collection for a certain type of dress-up (skinny) office girl. I would actually try on #4 and #7 if I actually wanted to look good at work but I am neither skinny nor a girl so probably best to stick with my Eileen Fisher work “pajamas” instead
Cute pieces. I like. I’ll wait until they get marked down, though.
If models can’t make the below the knee dress length look good the rest of us are doomed.
Call me crazy but WANT EVERY PIECE.
omg right?? i’m 30 & two years out of law school…i would be effing thrilled to wear this stuff, it’s cute & work appropriate!
My reaction was, “Meh. Boring and unremarkable.” Then I read every one ‘s comments…. I have found my tribe!!! You make me so happy.
I’ve always like Mouret’s structured shoulders looks, but these are kind of boring. Although i do like the two with the blue, black and print combos, what is that? animal tracks?
I’m really confused by the idea of a tight dress that goes below the knees. How does a person walk in that?
Look #9 is very “Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face”. The rest is very ho-hum. Every size 2 female college intern/graduating law student/MBA candidate in the USA will buy the dresses for interviews.
*sighs* The one-shoulders are always on the wrong side for my tattoo.
I’ve seen almost all of these before. Nothing to see here; move along.
I like one and two. I didn’t think someone could make even a leopard print seem boring.
Very nice outfits for very rich, high-powered executive ladies to wear to work, and for very rich stars to wear to various Industry luncheons. Yawn.
Nothing exciting, but workable, if you’ve got the body for them. Although if you have that body, you’ve got a ton of better options.
Looks 4 and 6 could work in almost any office, and i think they are wearable silhouettes. Look 9 is basically what I’m wearing today, except i got the pants on sale at JCrew and the top at TJ Maxx. Which is where I will now search for items to recreate looks 4 and 6. the LBDs are nothing special and won’t be worth the price.
I love number 7, and I wish I was still thin enough for it. (Now I will probably scroll down and read that everyone else thinks 7 is pedestrian and old fashioned.)
Chic and feminine as always.
I bought 5 and it actually looks fantastic on. It’s not high fashion but it’s super flattering and work appropriate.
I got Look 5 and while it’s not high fashion, it is ridiculously flattering. (I did not get the cheap looking but oddly expensively priced belt). Anyway, it’s a really flattering look and perfect for the office. Love it.