Individual style is at the heart of Karen Millen. In the next evolutionary installment, KM designers bring a fresh playfulness, eclecticism and refinement to the most beautifully crafted clothes, with the emphasis on proportion, cut, colour and detail. Autumn / winter ‘16 emphasises the brand’s confident know-how by focusing on the most desirable, statement-making pieces.There’s a soft sophistication to the reality of dressing for work.
Cue the coats, from the enveloping knit-tweed wrap with a wide portrait collar and the strict belted military style to the playful asymmetric take with blurred stripes, and the throw-over-anything cape-coat.
In the workwear mix, the most luxurious knitwear – chunky, skinny-rib, patterned in plaid or velvet comes in just the right neat shapes to accompany the new straight-legged culottes and the mid-calf slouch suede boots.
The supple, roomy regent, with its sturdy chain strap, is the perfect work bag.
Dresses are inherent to Karen Millen and this is a season that defines the brand as a dress specialist as it reworks the one-piece in myriad ways. The emphasis is on intriguing details: mini-pleated panels and miniscule eyelets draw the eye and flatter feminine curves; sensuous surface textures rule with fine lace and ribbon applique, while special cuts include ruffles, frills and bows.
The palette is drenched in rich tones of plum and henna to paprika, ginger and rust.It’s the playful spirit of this collection that perfectly telegraphs this eclectic style.
KAREN MILLEN, available at Sandton City, Mall of Africa and V&A Waterfront.