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Karen WalkerFall Winter 2015 New York

Runway Review
2/16/2015 Natalie Cantell

If you haven’t been able to get enough of the retro inspiration at the shows this week then my friend, you’re in luck. Karen Walker revisited a pre-Absolutely-but-no-less-Fabulous Joanna Lumley in the ‘70s sci-fi series Sapphire and Steel as motivation for Fall 15. Bold as ever but ultimately wearable (for the cool girls, anyway), Walker once again smashed together the vibe of decades past and the positively futuristic to achieve what is uniquely hers.

No stranger to triumphing the chic and capable woman, Karen Walker’s inter-dimensional collection drew inspiration from the time traveling detective with perfectly feathered hair. Garish-but-likable retro prints clashed and met with colorful hues of decidedly British tweed, brightly tanned leather, houndstooth, sheepskin and the cleanest blue denim. The result: glam-utilitarianism.

Walker’s looks revisited many of her go-to pieces and winning silhouettes: A-line skirts, schoolgirl minis, boxy cropped jackets - the most stunning of which came in a delicious mustard bouclé. Stand out pieces largely came by way of patent sheepskin Aviatrix jackets and gilets. Collars were set wide and flares kicked, their only crime hiding the shoes beneath.

It’s completely redundant to say the accessories were stellar, but let’s go ahead and dedicate a shameless fan-girl paragraph to them anyway. Once again, Benah conspired to create the next wave of handcrafted Benah for Karen Walker it-girl bags; think boxy little purses and more two-toned satchels in perfect hues of khaki and navy. Oversized chunky knitted scarves and hats felt under-represented on the runway given how they’ll saturate sidewalks from Spring Street all the way to Ponsonby Road in Walker’s native New Zealand. The footwear combined that ‘70s-cool-girl-practical-boot with futuristic - occasionally electric - tread that seemed to dare New York to keep on snowing. And the eyewear? Oh, the eyewear. We all know those sunglasses are the gateway drug into Karen Walker’s kingdom of fashion cool. With these two-tone frames and purple-hued lenses, we best make way for her next influx of addicts.

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2/16/2015 Natalie Cantell

If you haven’t been able to get enough of the retro inspiration at the shows this week then my friend, you’re in luck. Karen Walker revisited a pre-Absolutely-but-no-less-Fabulous Joanna Lumley in the ‘70s sci-fi series Sapphire and Steel as motivation for Fall 15. Bold as ever but ultimately wearable (for the cool girls, anyway), Walker once again smashed together the vibe of decades past and the positively futuristic to achieve what is uniquely hers.

No stranger to triumphing the chic and capable woman, Karen Walker’s inter-dimensional collection drew inspiration from the time traveling detective with perfectly feathered hair. Garish-but-likable retro prints clashed and met with colorful hues of decidedly British tweed, brightly tanned leather, houndstooth, sheepskin and the cleanest blue denim. The result: glam-utilitarianism.

Walker’s looks revisited many of her go-to pieces and winning silhouettes: A-line skirts, schoolgirl minis, boxy cropped jackets - the most stunning of which came in a delicious mustard bouclé. Stand out pieces largely came by way of patent sheepskin Aviatrix jackets and gilets. Collars were set wide and flares kicked, their only crime hiding the shoes beneath.

It’s completely redundant to say the accessories were stellar, but let’s go ahead and dedicate a shameless fan-girl paragraph to them anyway. Once again, Benah conspired to create the next wave of handcrafted Benah for Karen Walker it-girl bags; think boxy little purses and more two-toned satchels in perfect hues of khaki and navy. Oversized chunky knitted scarves and hats felt under-represented on the runway given how they’ll saturate sidewalks from Spring Street all the way to Ponsonby Road in Walker’s native New Zealand. The footwear combined that ‘70s-cool-girl-practical-boot with futuristic - occasionally electric - tread that seemed to dare New York to keep on snowing. And the eyewear? Oh, the eyewear. We all know those sunglasses are the gateway drug into Karen Walker’s kingdom of fashion cool. With these two-tone frames and purple-hued lenses, we best make way for her next influx of addicts.


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