#2120 Highlights from Karen Walker (the only Kiwi to show in New York)

Photos: Greg Lewis

1. Karen Walker’s signature looks are a cropped blazer and a pair of mannish pants; boldly printed frocks and cutesy blouses with little frills. Today’s show offered updates on her classics, this time with a psychedelic twist – think the moment The Stones and The Beatles began their obsession with Ravi Shankar’s sitar – lots of Indian-inspired golds and a Koru-esque vine print. As per usual, my favourites were anything inspired by menswear.

2. About four of the models started giggling as they were walking down the catwalk. Maybe it was a glitch in the matrix, maybe it was intentional; either which way, after watching a thousand bored models stalking the runways, it was a welcome change.

3. When I left New Zealand for my first international fashion week, I was expecting big things in the way of goodie bags. I was sorely disappointed to find that they didn’t exist outside the Pacific Rim. True to her Kiwi roots though, Karen Walker always treats front row guests to a parcel of treats. In today’s, we got a pair of sunglasses, a necklace, a lipstick and a nail polish. Holla.

4. Karen Walker does a damn good sweater, and this season’s version came in navy and yellow fluffy wool varieties, with little cables running down the front. Instant sellout.

5. The rich navy wools and textured tweeds were amazing. ‘Nuff said.



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