Karen Walker Spring / Summer 2013 New York

Karen Walker made a name for herself at the age of 18 and has brought her brand to international eyes. With fans like Claire Danes,Sienna Miller and Liv Tyler and cult-eyewear the tongue-in-cheek designer works closely with fellow-Australian, stylist Heathermary Jackson. They managed to stage a dreamy show during New York fashion week, explaining that the inspiration was the positivity in the late 1950s and looking with conviction towards the future.
The pre-space age sentiments were present in her Jetson-esque galactic prints and the innocent penny-loafers belonging to a girl of a simpler time. Of course, Karen had to slap a bit of frivolous wit in there, candy-colored brights suggesting that the whole nostalgia thing was more of a modern satire than an honest homage.The feminine show had all the markings of her tomboyish edge, a balance of masculine and feminine that she and Jackson often employ in her work – their joint effort made for a well-received wonder.

Picture and photographs: Maggie Duffy