The Karen Walker show is always a delight. Settled in the cozy Altman Building, far from the hustle and bustle of Milk or Bryant Park, it’s a chilled-out, fun, dare I say groovy experience.
After jumping backstage to sneak a peek at the hair and make-up (voluminous ponytails and red lips!) and catch up with Nylon‘s–née Fashionsta’s–Faran Krentcil and the lovely Julia Frakes (we are both rocking the same Essie Mint green nail polish this week!), I trotted to my seat behind Peaches Geldof to watch the show.
Last season Karen did psychedelic, but FW10 was a little more straight edge, in inspiration at least. Referencing both The Sound of Music and Bob Dylan (an odd sounding pair, I know), Walker showed a collection of light prints, short suits, thigh high socks, and some giant sheepskin collars and vests perfect for everywhere from the Alps to Alaska.
Standout looks included two mint green lurex dresses with black piping that were pure ’60s and pure fun. The opening floral suit and puffer, inspired by the Von Trapp’s infamous curtain scene, was full of Walker’s signature quirk and joy.
What makes Walker’s collections so special every season, other than her fantastic accessories and shoe collaborations with Pointer, is that she finds her inspiration in things she truly loves, making her synthesis of ideas smooth and fluid, and perfectly her.
And while there were no cookies in the gift bags this season, we’d still call her FW10 collection delectable.