The Clothes: Karen Walker has that whole outfitting cool, offbeat girls thing down to an art. Her collections consistently build on what she does best: high-waisted trousers, quirky prints and girly frocks. This season was no different, and the introduction of a pastel palette and luminously translucent fabrics like organza and crepe de Chine offered a soft, feminine touch. There were hints of the 50s in mohair sweaters and collared dresses, but also plenty of modern touches like metallic and jersey. There were tomboy elements in the form of suiting (some colored with texture and one super fun denim suit with stars), and tailoring was usually relaxed. Accessories perfectly complimented the collection with loafers and pumps by Beau Coops, straw cadet caps and, of course, a few looks featured her now well-known sunglasses.
The Hair & Makeup: Clinique’s skin was matte with bright, but still matted lips with lightly smudged lids. The hair was bed-head gone right with overgrown bangs that fell below the eyes. The Bumble & Bumble team used double sided tape for the hair pieces and surf spray to create a matte, highly textured effect.
The Vibe: Cool, hip girls that aren’t too mainstream and plenty of Walker’s fellow Kiwis.
The Front Row: Leandra Medine sitting next to The Glamouri complementing her hair and raving about 3.1 Phillip Lim and his pink overalls, Susie Bubble, Rumi Neely, BryanBoy, Cory Kennedy
Celebrity We’d Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Tavi, Kirsten Dunst, Alexa Chung, Chloe Sevingy
What the designer said: “For a starting point we used 50s optimism–looking skyward. It’s a very celestial, optimistic collection with a lot of translucent lightness. There are very luminous colors and prints featuring celestial elements like sputniks, planets, moon and stars. Very naive prints. Sunglasses are in about 12 looks and are a sneak peak of next summer; they hit stores in February. It’s our fifth season working with Beau Coops for shoes.”
What the Line Sheet Said: “The juxtaposition of the past and future, beauty and geekiness, domesticity and technology and the earthly and celestial combine to create a collection that is both classic and modern. Walker’s moon-kissed collection reminds us that, sometimes, looking up is the best way to go forward.”
Swag: Karen Walker sunnies in various styles… sweet!