NEW YORK, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Ann Taylor introduces the summer 2006
"Celebrations" line, a collection of classic, elegant dresses and
coordinating accessories for life's most special occasions. A significant
evolution in the company's retail history, the collection will be available
online and in an exclusive "Celebrations" section within 13 major market
Ann Taylor stores with specially trained sales representatives to assist
women with their special-occasion and bridal dressing needs.
"We have created a unique shopping destination that allows our clients
to dress for her special occasions. The 'Celebrations' collection provides
women with wardrobe options from head to toe for all of the special moments
in her life," said Kay Krill, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ann
Taylor Stores Corporation.
To satisfy a range of color schemes and body shapes, "Celebrations"
includes three collections that coordinate beautifully -- the Sash
Collection, Novelty Collection and Separates Collection -- for weddings,
engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, honeymoon and
bridesmaids needs. Available in fabrics such as satin-back dupioni, silk
organza and silk georgette, the summer "Celebrations" collection will also
offer a range of color options to choose from, including Sage Green,
Espresso Brown, Punch, Silver, Midnight Navy, Ivory, Champagne and Black.
The Sash Collection is customizable, allowing clients to choose a base
color for the dress, and then select a dyed-to-match sash or one in a
complementary color. Clients can also use the new online feature at
http://www.anntaylor.com to customize the dress and sash and personalize
their look. There are three dress styles in this collection -- "Chloe," a
short a-line strapless dress; "Diana," a long, a-line strapless dress; and
"Katherine," a short a-line tank dress.
Three distinctively detailed styles make up the Novelty Collection --
"Natalie," a short, pleated strapless dress; "Sophia," a tea-length, ruched
strappy dress with tulle detail at the hem and "Shannon," a short jacquard
dress with grosgrain trim.
The Separates Collection includes several mix-and-match options -- a
suit jacket with a long skirt and tank as well as a strapless and tank
bustier paired back to a long straight skirt.
Designed to coordinate with the dress collection, the "Celebrations"
line includes distinctive jewelry and accessories. Three shoe styles --
mid-heel open-toe sandals; high-heel embellished open-toe sandals; mid-heel
closed halter backs -- are dyed-to-match the dress collection. Cashmere
wraps and a clutch-style handbag will be available in the same colors as
the dresses, and the handbags will also be available in a versatile silver
"We created 'Celebrations' as a modern and versatile collection for
women of all ages who expect style and quality. We've taken into
consideration our clients' desire for head to toe wardrobing and the
ability to personalize her special occasion attire. We offer the convenient
option of ordering online or having a full service appointment in store
with one of our bridal specialists," said Adrienne Lazarus, EVP of Design
Available in sizes 0-16 and in petites, the "Celebrations" collection
will be available at 13 select Ann Taylor stores nationwide including Costa
Mesa, CA; San Francisco, CA; Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Chestnut
Hill, MA; Short Hills, NJ; New York, NY; White Plains, NY; King of Prussia,
PA; Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; McLean, VA and online at
Ann Taylor is one of the country's leading women's specialty retailers,
operating 824 stores in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto
Rico, and also Online Stores at http://www.anntaylor.com and
http://www.anntaylorLOFT.com as of the end of Fiscal 2005.
SOURCE Ann Taylor