June 19, 2013 New York
According to Karen Walker, New Zealand was in the middle of its longest, clearest, and hottest summer in eight years while she was creating her new lineup. "Resort was about capturing the joy and brightness of those long days and endless skies," said the Kiwi designer, who whipped up crisp poplin popover frocks and boyish trousers as well as cute sheaths cut from a tweedy linen—all done in soothing shades of sky blue. Walker kept her head in the clouds with a series of pieces featuring a graphic print inspired by isobaric maps. The standout here was an easy A-line day dress with a light-as-air parka-nylon skirt. It exemplified the collection's play-it-cool mood.
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