With William Eggleston's photographs and a clothespin silk print as starting points, Karen Walker presented another fantastic collection for SS11.
Looking at the beauty of mundane objects, Walker created effortless, wearable looks that made even the grouchiest New Yorker wish for summer's breezy days. From sherbet colored, pajama inspired ensembles to gray tees with pop-colored full skirts, every look was uplifting. The feeling was of the '60s, but not the uptown stuff you're used to seeing on Mad Men; Walker's looks were better suited for weekends bonfires set to Pet Sounds and Revolver.
Karen Walker's AW11 show was her toughest yet. Inspired by working a class dance club in Northern England, Wigan Casino (where the dock workers went to boogie for the weekend), Walker's peachy aesthetic received a touch of edge. The palette was considerably less saturated than most Walker showings, with black, navy, grey, dusty rose, and white as the main colorway, plus added hints of teal, cobalt, orange and red towards the show's end.
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.