Sunday, July 7, 2013

Spotlight On: Karen Walker

“There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.”
G.K. Chesterton

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“This town ain’t big enough for both of us”
is the message that New Zealand designer Karen Walker--initially cemented as a celebrity and tastemaker favorite by her statement sunnies--chose for her ready-to-wear collection entitled “New Rose.” Who are these two Ms. Walker refers to, battling it out for claim to the rights of the city’s days of prim and pretty productivity and the nightlife’s gravel-y grit? According to her, the fight consists of art school girl versus working girl. And, the combat seems to be ensuing within, somewhere beneath the garments.

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    Again, we’re seeing a movement of designers showing collections that neither entirely embody one particular kind of girl (ahem, lady) or another. Looks consisted of utilitarian outerwear, masculine trousers, and shapes that were, in general, boxy. Military green was paired with floral prints. Pleats were added while hems were left unfinished.

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    The marriage of art and work: Walker accomplishes that union within each piece, each accessory and the multi-layered looks she showed onlookers. In response to Ms. Walker’s message, I think that New York City closets, despite their actual often-microscopic measurements, are big enough for the two—the art school girl and the working girl.
These days, who can tell who’s who?
The battle begins when you open the closet door.
Catch this review and more on www.StyledefinedNYC.com .


Leave with this:

    Incorporating contrasting fabrics, prints, and looks not only add interest to an ensemble but also allow us all to express several aspects of our own personal style...rather than pigeon hole us as one "kind of girl", man, whatever. We're not forced to make a choice.

We can just be.

    Karen Walker's line represents this theory--truths can coexist simultaneously and in fact, collaborate and fuse together in order to create something whole and cohesive. Oh, and duh--
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    Whether we're still referring to fashion or not, I believe that's a stimulating point. One dimensional is hella-snooze-inducing, zzzzzzz, like the torturous monotone, repetitive alarm clock trill. I've heard it. Yawn. Pass. Over it...five years ago.

    Give me something to question. Make me wonder. Make me think. An enigmatic element goes a long way. Throw people off. It is the most efficacious approach to solidifying your presence in memory.

“She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn't boring.”
Zelda Fitzgerald, The Collected Writings




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