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This entry posted on December 7th, 2010

Karen Walker is one of several designers feeling the sixties this season, but she’s probably the only one reinter­preting the decade via clothespin prints and parkas made out of Tyvek. And that’s the great thing about her: Even when she’s mining the conven­tional, she never forgets to be unpredictable.

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 represent her latest outing with Pointer; the platforms were done in collab­or­ation with Australia  based company Beau Coops.

Walker has always been big on print, and this season, the trend of print-on-print has caught up with her.

Karen Walker Steals Our Hearts With A Collection That’s Smart, Summery, And Ultra Sophisticated.

When you already admire a designer as much as we do Karen Walker, it’s tough to up the ante when it comes to critical praise. But we’d be lying if we didn’t say this spring 2011 collection was the New Zealander’s finest in seasons. In fact, by look five it had already soared to the top of our favorite shows list. No exagger­ation. Layers of dreamy pale florals, light-as-air silk jackets, and little winks of sharp ruffles all came together in a parade of looks that seemed to radiate the pureness and optimism of summertime. A few shots of fluor­escent orange and yellow brought a jolt of South Pacific heat to the mix, and those shoes – man! A collab­or­ation with Pointer yielded the most gorgeous platform loafers and heeled mules ever. Start to finish, top to bottom…we want it all.

With William Eggleston’s photo­graphs and a clothespin silk print as starting points, Karen Walker presented another fantastic collection for SS11.

Looking at the beauty of mundane objects, Walker created effortless, wearable looks that made even the grouchiest New Yorker wish for summer’s breezy days. From sherbet colored, pajama inspired ensembles to gray tees with pop-colored full skirts, every look was uplifting. The feeling was of the ’60s, but not the uptown stuff you’re used to seeing on Mad Men; Walker’s looks were better suited for weekends bonfires set to Pet Sounds and Revolver.

Topping of the sunny collection were ruffled bucket hats, and down below were loafers with a twist. And just in case it rains on your beach day, there were Tyvek raincoats with sweet ruffle details. SS11’s never looked so happy.