Karen Walker has a knack for designing cute, wearable clothes that hit the mark for all sorts of ladies – party frocks for the girly-girls, mannish pants and blazers for the Annie Hall-types, poppy tees for the teens and directional pieces for the budding fashionistas. Her latest collection shown in New York this morning did not disappoint. Big on colour and heavy on prints, Perfect Day burst to life in an explosion of vibrant oranges, yellows and blues, and patterns that ranged from a monochromatic giraffe-print to quirky clothes-pegs, quaint little birdies and multi-coloured florals.
Shapes were consistent with seasons-past – those classic cropped trouser suits paired with button-up shirts, flirty skirts, and oversized tees with oversized prints – but there were moments of great innovation: namely a sheer cotton day suit modelled on summer pajamas; a short-sleeved double breasted blazer that came out in florals and a dirty gold; and a 50s rock'n'roll style circle skirt which looked effortlessly sassy paired with a grey marle sleeveless tee.
But the most exciting bit was the colour – Karen Walker screamed hers from the rooftops in a season where many designers have merely whispered.
Fans of the label will be pleased, so long as they have the confidence to walk out the door in prints busy enough to keep a child entertained for hours, or colours loud enough to – quite literally – stop traffic. For the fainter of heart, there's always that upside down I HEART NY tee – a tongue in cheek take on an old faithful – you can't argue with the already tried and tested.
And that's the genius behind Walker's label – she takes her own oft-travelled road and updates it each season with a couple of new twists and turns. It's a winning formula that mirrors the way most of us shop. After all, how many people have the time, energy or budget to undertake a wardrobe overhaul twice a year? Not many, if any.
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