Saturday, 17 December 2016

Karen Walker (ᵀᴵᴳᴱᴿᴸᴵᴸᵞ'ˢ ᵀᴬᴷᴱ)


Practical magic. 

This collection was heavy on frills, all of Walker’s tops and dresses were ruffled one way or another, with the effects ranging from the heavy-duty froth of her off-the-shoulder dresses and tops to the flirtatious touch of ruffle on a metallic leather jacket or otherwise austere black silk frock. The sweetness of all those ruffles was counterbalanced by the lineup’s homespun elements—its sharply cut, deep-blue denim; ochre-toned chinos; and generous helpings of gingham and plaid. Even the winsome unicorn print got a bit of humility when rendered in heavy-duty muslin.

 

This was one of those Karen Walker collections where you marvel at her ability to make the ludicrous seem, well, mundane. To coin a trendy phrase, she’s very good at normalizing her flashes of madness and far-flung references, distilling them into a sartorial language every young woman can speak. In a world that currently seems a bit mad on the whole, Walker’s clothes make perfect sense.