This ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Collection Is Inspired by the Golden Age of Travel
These days, if you’re scoping out travel style at an airport or train station, it’s easy to see that althleisure reigns supreme. And while we find creative ways to make it look cute and trendy, it’s still athleisure.
Because traveling in comfortable clothes has been the sartorial norm for quite some time, it’s easy to forget that there was actually a period when women and men lined up to board trains sporting richly adorned suits, glamorous dresses, furs, and polished shoes. That time was the 1930s, and while it may be long gone, there’s nothing wrong with adding a bit of a ‘30s vibe to your travel ensembles today.
Enter HSN’s latest luggage, apparel, and accessories collection, which launched Thursday morning. Every item is inspired by the upcoming movie “Murder on the Orient Express,” the star-studded Hollywood adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic novel about a group of 13 passengers onboard the legendary Orient Express train in 1930s Europe. When, one morning, a passenger is stabbed to death, famed detective Hercule Poirot has to solve the case before the train’s next stop.
The HSN collection epitomizes the elegance of that era, which is not surprising given the fact that two of the designers are style icon Iris Apfel, who contributed with a line of jewelry and home items, and fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra, who created apparel and accessories.
Apfel, whose penchant for statement accessories is legendary, said one of her favorite jewelry items from the collection is the Orient Express brooch.
“I’ve always been a fan of accessories, and they became increasingly popular during [the '30s], as money was tight and accessories were an easy, inexpensive way to transform an outfit,” Apfel said.
As for her secret to staying stylish on the road today?
“I’m always cold, so I pack layers… sweaters, coats, and tons of accessories as I never know where the night will take me, " Apfel said. "As I always say, ‘more is more; less is a bore.’”
And while Apfel emphasizes the importance of accessories, for Mohapatra, the essential fashion piece for a traveler is “a medium weight jacket that is a blend of materials so they can be kept around for warmth or put away in your carry on bag. Something that doesn’t get creased easily and retains the shape.”
Now, check out some of our favorite pieces from the "Murder on the Orient Express" collection.
Rara Avis by Iris Apfel Two-piece Train Hat Box With Packing Cubes
To buy: hsn.com, $100
Bibhu Shawl Collar Herringbone Faux Fur Coat
To buy: hsn.com, $330
Rara Avis by Iris Apfel Enamel and Crystal Gunmetal-tone Train-design Brooch
Steven by Steve Madden Tatum Velvet Sneaker
To buy: hsn.com, $89
Rara Avis by Iris Apfel Mongolian Fur Reader's Wrap
To buy: hsn.com, $300
Destinations 21-1/2-inch Spinner and Tote Two-piece Luggage Set
To buy: hsn.com, $120
Rara Avis by Iris Apfel "Orient Express" Enamel and Crystal Bronzetone Clock-design Brooch
To buy: hsn.com, $90
Patricia Nash Jemma Leather Vintage-inspired Lace-up Boot
To buy: hsn.com, $229