16 posts tagged "Karen Walker"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As temperatures continue to rise—the heat index was well over 100 degrees in New York last weekend—the only viable solution is to pack your bags and hit the beach. Both the Resort and menswear shows featured a bevy of island-ready prints, from lush leaves on dresses at Peter Pilotto to floral motifs on button-downs at Marc Jacobs. Botanical-splashed maillots, skirts, and accessories will look right at home wherever your travels might take you. However, if getting away isn’t quite on the horizon, they’ll add a tropical punch to your weekday wardrobe, too. Shop our picks from Zimmermann, Karen Walker, J.Crew, and more, below.
1. Samudra Sunset Beach clutch, $65, available at www.shopbop.com
2. Prabal Gurung floral-print skirt, $1,125, available at www.farfetch.com
3. Karen Walker Orbit sunglasses, $329, available at www.shopbop.com
4. Sophia Webster Rio Sunset flat sandals, $346, available at www.farfetch.com
5. Zimmermann Celestial floral-print underwire swimsuit, $340, available at www.net-a-porter.com
Maybe it has something to do with Dior’s recent jaunt in Monaco , or the classic striated looks Chanel showed in Singapore, but we’ve been lusting for old school nautical glamour—not to mention a waterfront vacation—of late. With Dolce & Gabbana’s bold striped skirt and Tucker’s silk crepe de chine top, you don’t need to be lounging on the Riviera to look like you’re on holiday. Add a wide-brimmed sun hat, kitten heels, and a pair of cat-eye sunglasses to really play up the retro chic. Let your clothes transport you, and shop our picks from Lanvin, RED Valentino, and more, below.
1. Tucker top, $215, available at www.net-a-porter.com
2. Dolce & Gabbana skirt, $739, available at www.matchesfashion.com
3. Lanvin hat, $832, available at www.matchesfashion.com
4. Karen Walker sunglasses, $314, available at www.matchesfashion.com
5. Manolo Blahnik shoes, $775, available at www.neimanmarcus.com
6. RED Valentino bag, $895, available at www.saksfifthavenue.com