Karen Walker Evolves For Spring '14

What we love about Karen Walker is her ability to take fashion's much-referenced brand of ineffable tomboyishness, and make it whimsical and fresh. Her collections of late have taken flowing styles that often feel reserved for a kind of very perfect, unapproachable woman — and made them quirky and playful. As a whole, her looks often have a youthful, funny-girl attitude we love. Being a staff of people who generally lean more towards, erm, adorably offbeat than perfectly poised, we've always appreciated the Walker take on life.
Her latest collection didn't have the same exuberance of past seasons, and we have to wonder if she's perhaps taking a cue from some of the pared-down minimalism of her peers. Sparkling, printed pants were a welcome addition to the label's repertoire, and definitely factor into our dreams of a new wardrobe filled with statement trousers and basic (but fancy) T-shirts. A couple of the looks felt like a departure from her bold sense of form and proportion, and patterns skewed a bit more towards the exotic. Overall, she definitely seems to be stretching her legs with this collection, and that's a good thing.
What worked were, to name a few, the always-strong suiting and a loose, pastel-pink trench coat that was everything we love about Walker's aesthetic distilled into one piece. In particular, the handbag collaboration with Benah was perfectly on-brand, and the sneakers created in tandem with BePositive offered a fresh and decidedly fashionable take on a ubiquitous trend in NYFW street style. The two collaborations fit seamlessly, and that's never an easy feat. This evolution of a favorite designer definitely has our interest piqued for future collections, and trust, we're adding said pink coat to our wish list as we speak!

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