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April 20 2014

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The Split-Second Preview: Karen Walker

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The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.

Karen Walker

WHO: Karen Walker

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Monday, February 10

WHAT: “This season we’re inspired by suffragettes. We’re celebrating their subversion of beauty and their pushing against prettiness.”—Karen Walker. The designer sent us a snap of her Fall ’14 jewelry, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Karen Walker

Karen Walker Shines a Light on Kenya

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Karen Walker's Spring '14 campaign

For some of us, sunglasses serve as an armor of sorts, a buffer against the outside world (or the previous evening’s festivities). But in her new campaign, dubbed Visible, Karen Walker has turned that trope on its head, using shades as a vehicle to recognize—and celebrate—Kenyan artisans. For her Spring ’14 range, the New Zealand-based designer partnered with the United Nations’ ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative, which aims to provide sustainable business aid. The result? A series of simple, playful screen-printed pouches that will accompany any eyewear purchase from the collection. The craftspeople behind the cases did double duty when Walker put them in front of the camera. They star in Walker’s Spring snaps, modeling her sunnies in strikingly straightforward campaign images. Lensed by Derek Henderson, the photographs debut exclusively here. As Walker put it, “What I love about these portraits is that they take away the distance, both physical and emotional.”

Karen Walker Spring '14

Photo: Derek Henderson

The Split-Second Preview: Karen Walker

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The Spring ’14 collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before their new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. Our entire selection of Spring ’14 previews is available here.

Karen Walker

WHO: Karen Walker

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Monday, September 9

WHAT: “Children of the revolution”— Karen Walker. The designer sent us a snap of one of her Spring prints, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Karen Walker

According to Karen Walker, the Kids Are All Right

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Karen Walker's Spring '13 campaign

Never work with animals or children, or so goes the showbiz adage. That old warning didn’t seem to phase New Zealand-based designer Karen Walker, who debuted the second half of her Spring ’13 eyewear campaign, “Karen Walker Forever,” today. The first installment, lensed by Advanced Style‘s Ari Seth Cohen, featured women between the ages of 65 and 92 wearing Walker’s graphic, quirky, and often electric-hued shades. The second’s cast, however, comprises four cute-as-a-button kids ages 3 to 5. “We always wanted to do sort of a bookend campaign about optimism,” Walker told Style.com. “The first shoot was based on eternal optimism, and the second part is about the open-eyed, playful optimism that kids bring.” Shot by Derek Henderson, the snaps debut four new black, white, and silver styles (including cat-eyes, rectangular frames, giant spheres, and ovals), some of which feature filigreed trim and mirrored cobalt lenses.

Karen Walker's Spring '13 campaign

As for the models’ behavior? “They were so professional. And they just came in and did the job, and they were lovely to have around. It was a real pleasure,” offered the designer. Still, that doesn’t mean it was easy—it took four-and-a-half thousand frames to achieve the final eight images. “You’ve got to let kids do what they want to do and just be there to capture it. We just wanted them to be themselves,” explained Walker, who has a 5-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Valentina. “People have asked me why I didn’t use her in the shoot, and I tell them it’s because she’s completely uncontrollable!” the designer lovingly said with a laugh. The wee one is apparently a big fan of her mother’s shades, though: “She had a formal school photo the other day, and when she woke up, she said, ‘I’m thinking about what I can wear that will be fashion. And I’m thinking purple sunglasses,’” recalled Walker. “I had to break the news to her that she wouldn’t be allowed to wear sunglasses in the picture. But she loves dressing up, and she lets me do all her wardrobe selection. She’s always an inspiration.”

Karen Walker’s new sunglasses will hit stores on September 5.

Shop the Look: Mad for Plaid

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Shop the Look:  Mad for Plaid

Unlike nautical stripes, island prints, and other on-trend patterns, plaid is associated with a wide range of moods, people, and periods in time. There’s the stiff school uniform we begrudgingly wore throughout our childhood; the “hipster” flannel button-downs lining the shelves at Urban Outfitters; the patchwork madras shorts popular in beach towns out East; and even the old-world tartans of Scottish clansmen. However, as of late, our favorite iteration has been distinctly punk. Marked by slouchy sweaters, second-skin leggings, and clashing hues, this new plaid is intentionally at odds with its preppy past, calling to mind seventies-era Vivienne Westwood and the Met’s Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition. Worn with spikes, studs, and plenty of black leather, it feels more than appropriate for the upcoming transition into fall. Shop our favorite plaid wares from Marc by Marc Jacobs, McQ, and more, below.

1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Aimee trompe l’oeil plaid merino-wool sweater, $280, available at net-a-porter.com.

2. McQ Alexander McQueen tartan-print leggings, $345, available at shopbop.com.

3. Karen Walker Number One sunglasses, $250, available at shopbop.com.

4. Jimmy Choo Wheel studded suede slippers, $750, available at net-a-porter.com.

5. 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Hour bag, $750, available at shopbop.com.