The omission of Karen Walker’s name from New Zealand Fashion Week was glaringly obvious… But it has lead to a lot of curiosity around her anticipated NYFW spring/summer 2012 show.
After trawling through the images online, I have to say… I don’t think many people will have been disappointed. There is a lot to like.
Karen Walker consistently nails the median between sophisticated and playful, while simultaneously gesturing in both directions. In this collection we see a number of KW’s signature prints (that number sits at around 14 – 15 different prints), with plenty of awkwardly-clashy shapes, prints and colours. These themselves included giant checks, micro dots, thin stripes, graphics, and vibrant florals. I’m far from covering them all here, you’ll have to check them out yourself for the full effect.
The feminine dresses were what initially caught my attention, and the prints, colours and shpes are nothing short of spectacular; The blues (above), mustards and maroons’ definitely hit the mark.
Printed blouses over prim skirts, and and smart blazers over printed dresses epitomize playful sophistication (and the colour of that blazer is beuuuutiful!).
Keeping in line with KW’s menswear influence, man-style cuts and boyfriend blazers featured prominently throughout the collection. While these pieces don’t usually do it for me, I found a style-crush in the more subtle man-style looks below.
I love this blue micro-dot print, although that is hardly surprisingly given my typical gravitation toward anything blue and spotty.
Honing in on the blazers again, I also quite like these two styles. Brown isn’t something I see regularly in a blazer. I also love how it’s been styled with short-shorts, a sheer top and turban. The white + blue micro-dots are something I’d like to see more of in my wardrobe in general.
The styling deserves a mention of its own. The patterned turbans look like a natural finish rather than a trendy after-thought, and the colourful bug-eyed sunglasses are something else.
I liked these shoes in particular, and colour-popping purses were often a nice finishing touch.
According to Style.com,the collection was inspired by the film ‘Taxi Driver’, which I’ve never seen myself, and plays with the idea of two of the films’ characters, Betsy and Iris, who represent two very different kinds of American Women. Betsy being feminine, elegant and aloof, and Iris tough and girlish. In retrospect, these characters come through rather strongly, and in my opinion stand for KW’s aesthetic rather aptly.
All photos: NYMag.com