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Karen Walker

THE LIFE AQUATIC
New York: First inspired by Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Karen Walker made the novel’s nautical theme her own by adding Victorian and 60s Pop elements, and filtering the results through her trademark kooky-cool lens. Occasional neons were mixed into a traditional maritime palette of red, white and navy, and romantic frills, which decorated ruff-style necklines, conjured the Belle Époque. Metallics were incorporated via hardware, “gold weave” suitings, skinny leather waist belts and a glowing brocade, which featured one of the collection’s several fancy motifs. —Whitney Kessler

Silhouette: Straight / Boyish / Full-hipped

Color: Navy / Neon yellow / Pumpkin / Creme / Persimmon / Cobalt / Gold / Primary red / Black

Key Items: Angora sweater / Silk blouse / Slim trouser / Gold jacket / Full-skirted frock / Sack dress / Mini-skirt / Short coat

Materials: Angora / Tweed / Flannel / Crepe / Brocade / Cashmere / Jacquard / Silk twill / Cotton voile

Print + Pattern: Paisley / Windowpane plaid / Conversational whale motif

Details + Trim: Bows / Ruffles / Gold hardware / Bateau, mock turtle and ruff necks / Chain accents / Ascot collars / Slight cap-sleeves

Accessories + Footwear: Leather gloves / Chelsea boots / Printed clutches / Cap-toed oxfords / Skinny belts / Paisley heels / Plastic sunglasses, in a range of geometric silhouettes

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