Karen Walker gets next summer spot-on with a fun polka dot-filled collection at New York Fashion Week
16:01 GMT, 11 September 2012
Expanding on the seaside polka dot theme from her resort presentation, Karen Walker went completely spotty for spring/summer 2013, with big dots, little dots and imprinted dots mixed, matched and blended throughout the collection.
Tossing in what she does best, the New Zealand designer took her slightly offbeat, tomboy idiom and sweetened it up with a milkshake-hued collection of rose, periwinkle, and powder blue – and what came out was charming, prim and feminine, with a Fifties bent.
The array of Karen Walker-signature full skirts, high waists and cute shift dresses were kept interesting with with Kennedy-era references, like Peter Pan collars and angora knits – and the occasional bolts of orange, copper bronze and maize added just the right amount of oomph.
Spot-on: Karen Walker went completely dotty for
spring/summer 2013, with big dots, little dots and imprinted dots mixed,
matched and blended throughout the collection
Her regular array of shorts suits, wide pants and Beau Coups loafers walked down the runway with pleated skirts, cosy knits and high Toy Soldier straw hats. It was Karen Walker business as usual, but like always, with an exciting new twist in prints.
Her stand outs included the elbow-length, slim-fitted polka dot knits, which were perfectly tucked into high waisted wide-leg polka dot printed pants.
High-tech copper metallic took run-of-the-mill thick track sweatshirts to new heights, which, with their hip-grazing hemlines worked perfectly over ladylike skirts.
Sorbet summer: Tossing in what she does best, the New Zealand designer took her slightly offbeat, tomboy idiom and sweetened it up with a milkshake-hued collection of rose, periwinkle, and powder blue
Sweet silhouettes: High-tech copper metallic took
run-of-the-mill thick jersey fabric to new heights, which, with
the sweatshirts hip-grazing hemlines (right) worked perfectly over ladylike pleated skirts
Fifties fun: The array of Karen Walker-signature full skirts, high waists and cute shift dresses were kept interesting with with Kennedy-era references, like Peter Pan collars
More subtle were the quirky graphics on translucent fabrics like crepe de Chine, georgette, silk and organza.
The prints of Jule Vernian planets, stars and satellites sat nicely on the midnight blue pieces, a nice break from an otherwise pastel-heavy collection.
Back home in New Zealand, Ms Walker has a
loyal little-girl-grown-up following, and they'll be happy to find
plenty of prom, wedding and other milestone-esque dresses to pause over.
Sherbert pops: Karen Walker gave a little bit of something for everyone in soft summer shades, from boxy blazers, to sweet prom dresses, and Fifties shapes for the nostalgic – or curious
Harvest moon: The occasional bolts of orange,
copper bronze and maize, with prints of Jule Vernian planets added just
the right amount of oomph
Karen Walker: The designer takes her bow after her spring/summer 2013 collection
From the larger than life back bow detailing, sheer jacquard prints and near weightless organza ruffles, to the silk T-shirt dresses, there is a summer slip-on for every K-dub (as she's often coined back home) fan.
Specifically styled for the beauty and the geek, Karen Walker's models almost always have long blonded hair, perfectly parted in the middle, and usually teamed with a bright lip shade and oversized glasses – both of the reading and sun-shading kind.
This time however, her models sported some serious bangs, and you get the feeling that all 20-somethings at the show simultaneously sat forward slightly to take note. Though the oversize sunglasses and bold lip colour (this time in thick pastel pink) remained.