Karen Walker is a fashion brand with a reputation for its original, effortless and unpretentious style. Her collections are high casual with one foot in tailoring and the other in street wear. The reoccurring theme is taking extremes and pushing them together - masculine and feminine, tailored and street, luxury and non-luxury, dark and super-cute, overall the label has a feeling of effortlessness.
The collections all have the outsider as their inspiration. Karen Walker’s work celebrates the anti-‘it girl’ - characters like Ally Sheedy’s heavy fringed weirdo in ‘The Breakfast Club’, orphan Annie, the juvenile delinquent prom queen who climbs out the window after curfew to run with the bad crowd, Woody Allen’s persistently dissatisfied Annie Hall, and Amelia Earhart inspired adventuress who, after crash landing in the jungle, turns her back on civilisation in preference of tribal life or 1930s comic book superheroines leading double lives.
Karen Walker will feature in L’Oréal Paris Runway 7 presented by frankie magazine, Sunday 24 March, 7.00pm
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