Karen Millen : Spring Summer 2016
Dynamic, playful, confident and above all individual, the next chapter of Karen Millen embodies the idea of expressing uniqueness through personal style.
For spring / summer 2016, Karen Millen further develops the idea of individuality through three diverse personalities that have their roots in Britain – just like our London-based atelier – but speak to women all over the world. The Karen Millen woman is universal, as is her strong but smiling sense of style.
STREET STYLE – Our graphic city range encompasses the sartorial needs of our career-focused, fast-paced urbanite. Stripes give a zing of graphic polish to precise-cut shift dresses, crisp little skirts and a dynamic trim to body-hugging dresses in clean sporty textures. They also give a city-smart boldness to lighter, fluid pieces like the shirt-dress in bold bands of cobalt and black and a city-smartness to wrap-top, full-skirted dresses in simple navy and white. This section also sees vivid colour pops of paint box brights in dresses with dippy a- symmetric hems and shifts with laced seams. Adding to the 1990s sporty vibe, weʼve issued neat tracksuit trousers, loose tops with peek-a-boo circle cut outs and fitted tops graphically sliced to bare shoulders.
BOHEMIAN SUMMER – Honing in on individualism, the Karen Millen woman can create her own look through pieces rich with personality. With a retro romantic, global-traveller nod, we took our iconic leather jacket and remade it in soft tan suede with subtle rivets, reissued our popular kick flare jean and developed our knitwear with abstract fringing. Underpinning this part of the collection is smooth, luxurious tailoring in chic, neutral, earthy shades – see the sand-coloured safari dress and the drop-shouldered, belted jacket in creamy citrus. From the strikingly simple indigo denim jumpsuit, to the shift dress in woven raffia and from slim ivory Capri jeans to tie-neck blouses, our Portobello-meets-world-adventuress, can indulge her passion for cool dressing up wherever she lives.
ENGLISH GARDEN – Romance is also part of our story this spring / summer, be it in bold or delicate form. Longer silhouettes float and are full of movement. The sense of lightness and femininity can be seen in voluminous-sleeves on vintagey blouses that close with hooks and eyes, right through to softly tiered peasant dresses and lingerie trims on fine pale knitwear. Referencing English gardens and vivid tropical forests, florals bloom over billowy fabrics cut into easy dress shapes, long pleat skirts and cool halter-neck jumpsuits. The print element culminates in flowers and stripes spliced together in one gorgeous, ankle skimming bare- shouldered dress. Keying into the seasonʼs new erogenous zone, the nude shoulder is purposefully displayed with sheered lace necklines and devoré tops with hooks and eyes intended to be worn unfastened.
ACCESSORIES – Our carefully curated range of accessories has been developed with the above themes in mind. Aspirational, everyday working bags in ʻbucketʼ or handbag form are individualised with chunky tassels and their urban footwear counterparts are equally sleek with open-toed perforated leather shoe-boots and midi-heeled suede sandals with a generous ankle cuff. For speedy city runarounds, we have developed the chic double-tasseled loafers. Our Brompton bag is also city smart for day or night, it has been reinterpreted this season with a flash of patent and a fine silver chain, and comes in black, cobalt, orange and zingy citrus- lime. As with our womenswear, our accessories also compliment the seasonʼs general softening-up: note our big slouchy bags in deep tan and navy suspended on chunky chain straps and our butter-soft moccasins in black, bright-blue and tan. Fringing, another personalised element, features on our Portobello bag and cool suede boots. And as for the seasonʼs nostalgic romance, when it comes to high summer, who can resist cork heels and raffia wedges?