|Founder(s)||Karen Walker (Designer)|
Karen's collections are high casual with one foot in tailoring and the other in street wear. The recurring theme is 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 UKís 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 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 1930s comic book super-heroines leading double lives.
In addition to her main womenswear collections Karen also designs Karen Walker Jewellery, selling in exclusive boutiques and department stores in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the United States; Karen Walker Eyewear sold through exclusive boutiques, Specsavers Optometrists and department stores in Australia, Japan, the UK, USA and New Zealand; and Karen Walker Paints, a selection of paint colours sold through Resene paint stores throughout New Zealand and Australia.