Karen Walker is a fashion brand with a reputation for its original, effortless and unpretentious style. Karen Walker shows each season as part of New York Fashion Week and has permanent showrooms in London, New York, Tokyo and Sydney.
Karen Walker collections are high casual with the reoccurring theme of taking extremes and pushing them together – masculine and feminine, tailored and street, luxury and non luxury, dark and super-cute. Overall the label has a feeling of effortlessness and has been described by the UK‘s Independent newspaper as being “the kind of look that provides a means of appearing cool but not trying-too-hard, cute but not saccharine, alternative but not self consciously so. The fact that these collections appear to be so totally not ‘fashion’ is what makes them so ‘now'”.
The collections all have the outsider as their inspiration. Karen Walker’s work celebrates the anti-‘it girl’ – characters like Ally Sheedy’s heavy fringed weirdo in ‘The Breakfast Club’, orphan Annie, the juvenile delinquent prom queen who climbs out the window after curfew to run with the bad crowd, Woody Allen’s persistently dissatisfied Annie Hall, an Amelia Earhart inspired adventuress who, after crash landing in the jungle, turns her back on civilisation in preference of tribal life or 1930’s comic book super-heroines leading double lives. Not the beautiful girl in the room, but the interesting one. These extremes reflect heavily in the eyewear collection as an ongoing reference.
Karen Walker was awarded the 2007 Prix de Marie Claire award for best creative talent. Karen Walker is stocked in over 350 stores throughout the world in cities including New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Sydney and Tokyo. There are five Karen Walker flagship stores in New Zealand. She is also part of the group behind The Department Store in Auckland. The Department Store is a modern take on the traditional department store and includes a Karen Walker boutique alongside the best of Auckland’s beauty, art, interior, fashion and food. It’s a 360 degree shopping experience that stretches across three floors.
Celebrity followers include Gigi Hadid, Alexa Chung, Florence (Florence and the Machine), Rihanna, Beth Ditto, M.I.A. and Whitney Port to name a few.
Karen Walker Eyewear is sold across 15 countries in high end departments stores, boutiques and eyewear specialist including Barneys NYC, Harvey Nichols UK, Beams Japan, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-a-porter and David Jones Australia.
Karen Walker collections are high casual with the reoccurring theme of taking extremes and pushing them together – masculine and feminine, tailored and street, luxury and non luxury, dark and super-cute. Overall the label has a feeling of effortlessness and has been described by the UK‘s Independent newspaper as being “the kind of look […]