Karen Walker – the lady that made it!

New Zealand, as you have started to see from my previous posts, has quite a few great designers and yet Karen Walker is one who manages to truly stand out as having become globally recognised. The label shows each season as part of New York Fashion Week and has been described by the U.K.’s Independent newspaper as being “The kind of look that provides a means of appearing cool but not trying-too-hard, cute but not saccharine, alternative but not self consciously so.”

A couple of my favourite looks for this summer: (All currently on sale – click here for online shop)

Opening her first store in 1995. Phaidon have included Karen Walker in their recent book ‘Sample’ which curates the 100 most influential designers to emerge in the last 6 years. In 2013 Karen Walker partnered with the United Nations’ ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative to create work for community groups of artisans in Kenya. Find out more about the campaign here.

Her designs have been worn by: Lady GagaBjörkSienna MillerNatalie PortmanAlexa ChungBeth DittoMichael HanekeLiv TylerRihannaClaire DanesZooey Deschanel and Jennifer Lopez. She designed clothes worn by Kate Winslet in the Michel Gondry film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In addition her outfits can  be worn by you or I:-)

In New Zealand –  locate her stores click here. Have fun!

Yvonne x

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