September 13, 2010 New York
That was about the situation for Spring, as Walker put her typically youthful spin on sixties silhouettes such as shifts, Beach Boys button-fronts, and clam diggers. Her inspiration was witty: the work of the photographer William Eggleston, from whom she gleaned a Kodachrome palette, a density of print, and a general strategy of elevating the humble. This was true not just with the clothespins and the Tyvek, but with the Perspex jewelry and the prints inspired by curtain fabric—as well as with ruffled clutches made from parka nylon, in lawn green, raincoat yellow, and construction-site orange. The collection's real strength, however, was its outerwear and accessories, in particular those ruffled bags and the high-heel, clog-style, and platform loafers. The loafers were done in collaboration with Australia-based company Beau Coops; the platforms represent her latest outing with Pointer.
Walker has always been big on print, and this season, the trend of print-on-print has caught up with her. Individually, there were a lot of winning pieces, but taken all together it was often a bit much. More problematically, some of her ensembles looked kind of pajama-y. (Come to think of it, we strongly encourage Walker to get into the pajama game.)