On the soundtrack at the Karen Walker
show was a mix of blips and bloops and sounds of cartoon lasers shooting. On the runway was something just as tongue-in-cheekily retro-futuristic.
In oversized, billowy shapes covered in rocketships, intarsias, and moon diagrams and splashed in shades of salmon pink and harvest gold, the models looked more like our real-life friends than anything else. Sporting the familiar frizzy, went-way-too-long-before-a-bang-trim hair and popsicle-stained lips, they mirrored the women we know in the clothes they love to wear the most: oversized trousers, cheekily printed dresses, gathered skirts, and colorblocked oxfords.
As for the sunglasses (always an important KW sidenote), they came in lab-goggle shapes with a full transparent, pink lens — an accessory any Karen Walker cosmonaut worth her salt would pick up.
Photographed by Maia Harms