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Karen Walker

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DURABLE CHARM

New York: As she has in the past, Karen Walker drew inspiration for her latest collection from retro designs. This time Walker’s talent for predicting which style details of past eras will work for the modern woman resulted in a collection that possessed both vintage charm and clean newness. Printing a watercolor floral on velveteen and using heavy twill to construct a brocade suit made for durable yet feminine separates. Boyish trousers and comfortable oxfords balanced intense red lips for comfortable-sexy looks.  Walker also took details that used to look sweet, like scalloped edges and bows, and made them look smart by using them at a grand scale.  Navy and royal blue, gingery brown, mossy green, and a dusty teal made up a color story that was rich and pretty. The collection covered all of the bases and illustrated the designer’s good judgment, and her ability to combine the best of both worlds.

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