Where Marimekko meets Banana Republic

A little summer something

Jackie Kennedy put Finnish textile brand Marimekko on the US fashion map back in the 60s. Fast forward to today, and all-American brand Banana Republic is putting it back to the top of the agenda - with a new, limited edition capsule collection.

The Banana Republic Marimekko Collection - revealed for the first time, above - promises to be everything you need to inject a hit of summer into your wardrobe, fast. The near-25 piece collection promises playsuits, tunics and maxi dresses in prints created by three of Marimekko's 'storied designers', in palettes that range from all-out Technicolour to pared-back monochrome.

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'At Marimekko, we are inspired by emotions. Life springs from opposing forces, and the desire to contradict emotions – happy with sad, energetic with relaxed – is what makes our prints so unique,' says Marimekko's creative director, Minna Kemell-Kutvonen. 'It was a delight to know Banana Republic finds our designs as striking as we do.

'Each of the iconic prints selected has a wonderful, joyful story – and with Banana Republic we are excited to continue to bring that joy to countless people around the world.'

While the collection is imbued with BR's clean-cut American aesthetic it will, of course, be available to buy in the UK too. Prices start at just £39.50; look out for it in stores from 20 May.

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