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John Lewis unveils 150 anniversary collaborations

John Lewis’s 150th anniversary will see the launch of an exclusive capsule collection based on vintage prints by textile designer Lucienne Day, Orla Kiely’s fi rst menswear collection and a special range created by design duo Antoni & Alison.

The 10-piece Lucienne Day range includes retro dresses and blouses with outer seam detailing, a 1950s-inspired A-line shirt dress, short-sleeved shirting and tailored trousers.

The collection celebrates Day and her furniture designer husband Robin’s time as John Lewis design consultants between 1962 and 1987. They both died in 2010.

Pieces include two archived print designs – one a monochrome design named Trapezium and the other, an olive, charcoal and turquoise print called Kites – never before used in ready-to-wear. Prices range from £49 for a top to £99 for a shirt dress.

Jo Hooper, outgoing head of womenswear at John Lewis, said: “In the 1960s, Lucienne and Robin initiated a transformation of the John Lewis house style. Our anniversary is the perfect time to introduce these exclusive prints to our discerning and style-seeking customer.”

The 10-piece Antoni & Alison range draws on John Lewis’s art and photography archive to create 1960s- and 1950s-inspired silk dresses with vintage brooch appliqué. Each 100% silk dress will cost £150.

Meanwhile Orla Kiely will also unveil her first menswear line as part of the celebrations, with prices ranging from £25 to £95. John Lewis will release full details this Saturday.

The anniversary – for which celebrations start next week – is being marked by a range of activities, led by an interactive exhibition at the Oxford Street fl agship. Shoppers will be taken from John Lewis’s origins as a draper’s shop in 1864 into the future, with a prediction of how retail will look in 2164.

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