With Karen Walker, you know you're always in for a dose of quirk, and for Spring 2013, her designs took us on a time-traveling Space Age trip. Or, as the program notes, it's a collection of "1950s optimism blended with all things celestial." Translation: playful galactic prints were sent out via retro shapes (high-waisted, wide-leg trousers; cropped trapeze jackets; and sunny shiftdresses), giving each outfit a cheeky duality of past vs. future. Get your first look at the Karen Walker Spring 2013 collection now — and be sure to check back soon for our full review.
We asked Derek Lam, Karen Walker, Brad Goreski, Peter Som, Cushnie et Ochs, and many more: What are you currently listening to and (even better) which songs define your Spring 2013 collection? Listen to the complete playlist below, then click through the slideshow to find out who's listening to what, who's listening to the same thing (you'll never guess), and which songs might just feature heavily on this week's catwalks.
The sun's shining bright, which means it's time to get your hands on some shiny new eyewear. From Olsen-worthy circular sunglasses to Katy Perry-inspired printed frames, and a clear pair that are a favorite of Kristen Stewart's, we have the top five styles you need to scoop up now. Watch our video to see them all and let us know which pair you'll be sporting this season.
Rihanna is no stranger to fashion-forward styles, but the singer really turned heads while shopping in NYC when she worked a soft pink American Apparel lace bandeau top ($18), a pink pleated Topshop skirt, black high-top Converse ($50), and a mini Céline tote. The midriff-baring starlet accessorized her ballet-meets-street style with oversized round Karen Walker shades ($250), a few necklaces, and diamond stud earrings, then layered on a two-tone sweatshirt. Style Rihanna's exact top, shoes, and shades with a flirty pleated skirt and laid-back hoodie to re-create this daring look.
Today is an exciting day; aside from the fact that it's Friday, today is the day we crown CelebStyle's top stars of the week! This week's standouts were Emma Stone in a mad for plaid street-chic look, Reese Witherspoon in a striped gray-and-white dress with classic accessories, Jessica Alba in a cheeky sweater and fabulous ikat pants, and a few more including Gwen Stefani, Eva Mendes, Chloe Moretz, and Hilary Rhoda. Come on in to check out all of our smashing style stars, then shop one, or all, of their standout looks for yourself.
Casual maxi dresses are a Spring and Summer staple, but we love how Gwen Stefani dressed up her black-and-white maxi while heading to a birthday party in LA over the weekend. How did she do so? The style chameleon accessorized her two-tone look with a standout stud collar necklace, chunky ankle-strap sandals, badass Karen Walker shades, and a vibrant red-orange nail polish for a pop of color. Take a cue from Gwen by pairing your casual striped maxis with high-heeled sandals and a knockout necklace, then toss on a leather jacket or structured blazer for even more sharpness.
>> Spring party season is in full swing, bringing New York's fash pack out in droves. On Thursday, Ferragamo feted the reopening of its gorgeous 5th Avenue flagship by inviting Solange Knowles — divine in head-to-toe Ferragamo, of course— to spin records for a well-heeled crowd that included Sarah Reynolds, Lauren Remington Platt, and Genevieve Jones.
Across the street, Cartier celebrated the opening of its "Cartier & Aldo Cipullo, New York City in the '70s" exhibit with a glam soiree that saw the likes of Arizona Muse, Lily Collins, and Charlotte Casiraghi. Later that evening, the party continued downtown, where Leigh Lezark (left) kept the crowd — which included Chanel Iman and Karlie Kloss, both in Cushnie et Ochs — dancing all night long.
See pics from those events — plus, knockout looks from Amanda Brooks, Crystal Renn, Coco Rocha, Karen Walker, and more at a bevy of other occasions — here, in our best-of-the-week slideshow.
Sneak Peek — The Complete Anthropologie Capsules From Gregory Parkinson, Karen Walker, John Patrick, and More
Because everyone loves a good collaboration: in just a few short days Anthropologie will launch Made in Kind, a new ecommerce platform featuring 11 exclusive capsule collections from some of the most intriguing designers around. Among those involved in the project's April 5 debut? Established favorites Karen Walker, Gregory Parkinson, and John Patrick; up-and-comers Samantha Pleet and Charlotte Linton; and newbies Rachel Rose and Koto Bolofo.
With pieces priced from $84 to $470, the various collections offer an accessible introduction to each designer's respective aesthetic: there are whimsically printed dresses in vintage silhouettes from Karen Walker, clean-lined blouses and bottoms in sustainable fabrics from John Patrick, and hand-dyed tops and skirts in vivid hues from Gregory Parkinson. "I think women who say 'I never wear print or color' will be surprised when they try on these items," Parkinson says of his collection.
Click through for a complete look at some of our favorite collections from the Made in Kind project, all of which will be available exclusively on Anthropologie.com starting April 5.
A little '60s mod, a little well-played kitsch — Karen Walker zeroes in on a playfully smart Fall '12, complete with paisley, pops of bold color, gold statement pieces, and her signature sunnies topping off every look. The designer was inspired by sea monsters and Victorian-age romanticism, as well as the Jules Verne novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for her Fall collection —culminating in a totally wearable group of fun, feminine pieces. Get the full breakdown below.
- Trends: Shimmery gold jackets and jacquard dresses, Victorian-inspired ruffled collars, plaid jackets reminiscent of Cher Horowitz.
- Colors: Canary yellow, charcoal gray, navy, orange.
- Key Piece: The gold metallic brocade dresses; the yellow mohair sweater with wool skirt.
- Accessories: Low-heeled ankle boots and clodhopper heels by Beau Coops; wristlets and leather gloves; and of course, colorful, '60s-chic sunglasses.
- Who Would Wear It: Quirky-cool It girls like Kirsten Dunst, Alexa Chung, and Chloë Moretz.