Banana Republic Marimekko Collection

I love Marimekko prints – as evident if you ever come to my house and see this large (I mean large) Marimekko print hanging in the dining area of our kitchen. Marimekko is a Finnish design house that is known for making prints using bold colors and patterns – exactly my style!

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So, you can imagine how excited I was to hear about the new Banana Republic Marimekko Collection that comes out May 22nd. The collection consists of 5 distinct Marimekko prints created by 3 different designers. The prints were pulled from the Marimekko archives.

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Image from bananarepublic.com

I just LOVE the big polka dot print (called Kivet) and especially the colorful print on the far right (called Siirtolapuutarha). Happy shopping!

Banana Republic Milly Collection

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There have been so many designer collaborations over the past few years and it’s become such a regular occurrence that it’s hard to get excited for them all. Well here’s one that I have been waiting for since the announcement back in January  –  the new Banana Republic Milly collection in stores and online May 30th. The limited-edition capsule collection features designs which embody sophistication of the Hamptons for both men and women.

The lines will offer more than 60 pieces of men’s and women apparel and accessories. Milly’s women’s design will include maxi dresses, mini skirts, and shorts with a variety of fabulous colors and styles.

The menswear serves up  striped and patterned separates including bright polos, woven tees and shorts.

“I’ve always been a fan of Banana Republic, and when I met Simon we had an immediate and lasting connection,” says Michelle Smith, Founder and Designer, Milly by Michelle Smith. “This was my first experience designing menswear, which was a cinch with Simon’s expertise. It’s a very positive, happy collection and I think the colors and patterns really capture the modern spirit of summer.” The collection will also have jewelry and accessories. Can’t wait!!