Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Karen Walker Spring 13 at NYFW "Fantastique Magnifique"

Karen Walker showed her spring collection yesterday at New York Fashion Week, as she has done for many years now. Nods to sixties nostalgia, the Space Race and the retro-futurism of The Jetsons appeared in the charmingly naive prints, swingy silhouettes and peter-pan collars. 

This is my favourite Karen Walker collection in a long time, particularly I think because it is evocative of some of her archival collections - I admittedly have a lot of nostalgia for past collections by Walker, as I've been a customer since I was a teenager. The trouser shape (high waisted, loose legged) in particular is an old favourite of mine and one that we haven't seen from Walker and several seasons. But to my delight it's back this season, and it appeared both long and at a floodwater length (the latter being especially fresh). 

Also so fresh are the suits-for-girls. Far from corporate, they came in a burnt orangey-mustard, polka dots and star print chambray - so clearly more suited to play than work. Knitwear is another thing I always love from Karen, and there are some sweet, soft options here. Channel your inner sweater girl (we all have one - she loves red lipstick and look-at-me bras) with the polk dots and the fitted turtlenecks. All are short sleeved and ideal for spring and summer (I wear lightweight cashmere all year round) although I'm sure there will be longer versions for the Southern Hemisphere range.

Oh and we have to talk about the shoes - another successful collaboration with Beau Coops. Solid, high-vamp loafers have never looked so good. And the colour choices are fantastic. Loafers are one of my shoes-of-choice and I've been needing a second pair. Why get another pair of boring brown when I can do blue and white? And nothing grounds a look better than a strong flat shoe.

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