Karen Walker Fall 2012: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

The Karen Walker collection is founded on three staples: obscure prints, comfortable (but stylish) pieces, and tons of navy. But the pleasure of Karen Walker is that even though she has developed such strong staples, she finds little ways to add surprise into each collection. Did fall 2012 have navy, prints, and look unbelievably comfortable? Yes, but there were so many new moments for Karen Walker too.
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The Karen Walker collection is founded on three staples: obscure prints, comfortable (but stylish) pieces, and tons of navy. But the pleasure of Karen Walker is that even though she has developed such strong staples, she finds little ways to add surprise into each collection. Did fall 2012 have navy, prints, and look unbelievably comfortable? Yes, but there were so many new moments for Karen Walker too.
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The Karen Walker collection is founded on three staples: obscure prints, comfortable (but stylish) pieces, and tons of navy.

But the pleasure of Karen Walker is that even though she has developed such strong staples, she finds little ways to add surprise into each collection. Did fall 2012 have navy, prints, and look unbelievably comfortable? Yes, but there were so many new moments for Karen Walker too.

First, the shoes. There were some multicolored clompers that seemed a bit tortuous, but there were also low boots that looked like the lovechild of a cowboy boot and a Chelsea boot. Considering the resurgence of low-heeled black ankle boots this year, this style is likely to be a hit in store.

Models strutted by with their hair in mile-high pompadours looking like greasers gone for a swim. Inspired by the too-cool-for-school stylings of Brian Jones, the clothes consisted of cropped pants, amazing gold lamé blazers, and some crazy paisley prints that could brighten even the worst winter day. And the sunglasses! You know Karen Walker is renown for her attention-getting sunnies and this season gave us white and neon pink round eye sunglasses that toed the line between tacky and fun.

After the show I caught up with Cory Kennedy, who really summed everything we love about Karen Walker up, “The shape and way she makes the clothes is really comfortable. It’s just cool, not trying to be sexy. The prints are always a bold color. She makes weird colors work... I don’t know how she does that, but I love it."

We couldn't agree more.