Karen Walker made a full departure from all things nautical this season, with a collection inspired by two quite disparate (but equally influential) musical hits of the 1960s – Bob Dylan and The Sound of Music. The Bob Dylan references were immediately apparent – a sheepskin lined jacket, navy woolen parka and a massively over sized cable knit scarf. Printed cloths are always a motif in Karen Walker’s collections, and this season they took their cue from Maria’s resourcefulness in The Sound of Music – reused curtains in kitsch florals and hippie woodland scenes. For those who can’t stomach a head to toe pattern on pattern look, there were plenty of Walker’s masculine blazers and tailored pants to choose from, in everything from grey, navy and rust-orange wools and velvets to forest green suiting (see above). The most exciting thing for me though – Karen Walker’s first printed sweatshirt in something like six seasons. It showed up in dropped shouldered grey marle, alas the full print was hidden behind one of those chunky scarves. My first foray into Karen Walker menswear came in multiple purchases of her printed tees and sweatshirts – I used to buy them in every colour option. Here’s hoping she’ll do a few more for the boys.
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