Karen Walker (4)

It was a packed house at the Karen Walker show, where the polished designer displayed a nautical theme through unique dresses, sweaters, shorts, and outerwear.  Held at the Altman Building this past Saturday on September 12th, 2009, navy blue and white were the primary colors used in the first part of the collection.  Reds, yellows, and multicolored prints crept into the mix midway through the show. 

Her collection, entitled The Village, is inspired by the 1960’s British television series, ‘The Prisoner.’  The TV series takes place by the seaside at a holiday resort serving as a prison for retired spies.  Going off the theme of contrasts, Walker includes red and grey fine silk cashmere knits, navy blazers, and cotton dresses.  Every piece evokes a seaside mood that ties in well with the rest of her collection. 

Walker constructed each garment with master skill and managed to create clothes that will appeal to consumers.  She did so without sacrificing her creative vision.  Bold green florals and polka dot prints make the garments visually pleasing.  Tortoise shell sunglasses, cricket hats, and canvas bags completed several looks.  Each garment going down the runway stayed true to Walker’s design concept.   

Karen Walker for Pointer footwear collection also made its debut down the runway.   Pointer, a British footwear brand, collaborated with Walker to create the perfect shoes for her Spring/Summer 2010 collection.  ‘The Alice Boat shoe’ and the ‘Caz Desert shoe’ were worn by several models and gave many outfits a more playful appearance. 

This is Karen Walker’s seventh runway show at New York Fashion Week.  Already one of the premiere New Zealand designers out there, celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Liv Tyler, Tyra Banks, and style icon Madonna have worn her designs.  Walker lives in New Zealand with her husband Mikhail Gherman, and their young daughter.
Some highlights include (descriptions as stated in the program):
– Cropped trench coat over navy self-check narrow cropped pants
– Navy cotton frill shoulder dress
– Navy and white dot cotton playsuit with frill shoulder detail
– Navy oversized spot cotton parachute dress with navy and gold belt
– Blue and white brocade cropped jacket
– Megan McDonough

 For additional coverage and photos of the Karen Walker show, visit NYMag.com.