Last night the Karen Millen press office held an intimate cocktail party at our newly opened showroom and invited friends of the brand along to view the A/W collection and celebrate the season with us. The exclusive event was co-hosted by LOVE’S Fashion Director and stylist of our advertising campaigns Victoria Young along with blogger, DJ and girl-about-town Bip Ling.
Key editors of the fashion press were out in force to join us for a sociable evening of cocktails and foodie treats in the relaxed atmosphere of our Covent Garden showroom. The A/W collection received a warm welcome from all who saw it with the most popular items on the night ranging from the suede desert boots to cocoon knit poncho and backless crepe dress. These pieces are all in stores now so to be amongst the fashion elite we suggest you add these must have pieces to your A/W shopping list now!
Bip Ling, Blogger & DJ, Gemma Metheringham, Creative and Managing Director at Karen Millen and Victoria Young, Fashion Director at LOVE
Natalie Hartley, Senior Fashion Editor at In Style and Bip Ling
Victoria Young, Gemma Metheringham and Emma Elwick-Bates, Market Editor at Vogue.
Every working girl knows their wardrobe would not be complete without the eternally classic white shirt. Each season we see a new twist on this timeless item and for A/W Karen Millen have taken inspiration from the military inspired trend we saw all over the catwalk shows to give a fresh take on this essential piece.
Karen Millen’s ‘White Military Shirt’ is featured in InStyle’s October work wear supplement – further proof that the white shirt will provide the foundation to your workwear wardrobe. Its simplicity and versatility make it a must have buy that can be mixed and matched into your current wardrobe to create a sophisticated and modern look.
To be the first to hear when it launches, make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list .
By Clare Coulson
“Weekend Luxe is about creating the ultimate weekend wardrobe, offering a new layered way of dressing, focusing on beautifully crafted statement pieces that offer comfort and luxury. Invest in sumptuous cover-ups including our great camel cape, which is a hero piece for the season, to create the foundation for the perfect capsule winter wardrobe. Give a tough modern edge to a satin ruffle evening dress by adding a butter soft blonde shearing gilet or team it with slouchy tie-waist worn-in jeans for the ultimate in weekend luxe” – Gemma Metheringham
The revival of heritage fabrics this season is central to a new cool take on country dressing. We love the contrast of the dogtooth check with this gorgeous grey wool. Keep your eyes peeled for this essential item hitting the shop floor soon and to be the first to hear when it launches, make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list.
The platform in this sandal makes it a fantastic day to night shoe – and the patent leather gives it a lovely glossy look.
Second on our must-have wishlist is this soft shearling gilet – it’s a winter staple that can feel very urban or totally rural – depending which way you want to go. This one has a great simple cut that will be flattering too. Keep your eyes peeled for this essential item hitting the shop floor mid November. To be the first to hear when it launches, make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list .
Clare Coulson, Fashion Features Director of Harper’s Bazaar, has given us her favourite picks from this hot trend, click HERE to see the full edit …
‘This autumn / winter offers a layered approach to dressing with beautifully crafted statement pieces that focus on comfort and luxury. Create volume cocoon shapes and layer them with super skinny leggings or wear it with tailored shorts and boots for a contrasting razor sharp look and a real fashion statement.’ Gemma Metheringham
Our Cocoon Knit Poncho is a sporty take on this trend yet with a soft cowl neck and draped effect it retains the season’s luxe feel. This cosy knit is the perfect weekend piece and ideal for cocooning indoors from the cold winter days. Simple yet luxurious this super soft piece will see you thorough those long dark evenings and layered with your favourite jeans will become a staple a look for your down time.
The September issues are big news in the world of fashion and this month saw Karen Millen’s Limited Edition Cape top them all.
Featured in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, In Style and Company this is even further proof that the cape is the season’s hero piece.
Both Harper’s Bazaar and In Style depicted the cape as the perfect ‘Country’ piece highlighting another key trend for the season. Whilst Elle and Company rounded up the season’s capes featuring our luxe version as one of the best out there.
Last weekend also saw the cape featured in the pages of The Observer Magazine who again styled their favourite versions of this trend, teaming it with another of our key pieces – the Limited Edition Tan Woven bag.
The powers that be have spoken and given their verdict on the cape we should all be buying this season, it seems no respectful fashionista should be without this must-have piece.
Keep your eyes peeled for this essential item hitting the shop floor mid September. To be the first to know when this superhero piece launches make sure you join our mailing list!
By Sam Belt
Phew! Can you believe it’s only 5 days till the launch Vogue Fashions Night Out? If you still don’t know about the event, where have you been? We’ve got Lillet cocktails, champagne, photographers, the Karen Millen design team, top stylists, Vogue editors, bloggers, special guest DJs , exclusive make-up artists and glamorous pamper treats and more in 6 locations worldwide!
Everything begins on 8th September in our Regent Street flagship store, we’ll then escape the temperamental English weather by hopping across the pond to Southern Europe for scorching sun in Lisbon and Madrid, then we’ll wrap up warm (in our perfect newly launched fur collar capes and over the knee boots) for events in New York and Moscow oh, and of course, we’ll check our coat in and throw on a pair of sunglasses when we hit LA!
If all this jet setting wasn’t enough excitement for you, we’re thrilled to announce two very special competitions in London, Madrid and New York.
The infamous unlocked boxes are back! If you don’t know about them, read on…
In each location there’ll be a locked box, that only one key will open! The first few clients through the door, before picking up a cocktail and a grabbing one of our new launches, will be given a special key. If you’re key unlocks the box, you will win our special limited edition woven bag! Sold out almost everywhere and featured in all the glossies, this bag is on the wish lists of every Fashion Editor and you could be going home with it!
If you’re not lucky enough to get down in time to get the chance to win this exciting prize, fear not! In each city our high profile photographers, including Tim Griffiths in London and WireImage in New York, will be on hand to capture the night’s events. After you’ve received your perfect campaign make-over from our team and had a glamorous consultation with our stylists take a walk in your perfect outfit and get snapped in front of our very special Karen Millen step and repeat. The photos will be uploaded onto our Facebook page where Creative Director Gemma Metheringham will select her three favourite Karen Millen make-overs from each night. If you’re one of the lucky clients to be selected you’ll receive £500, $500 or €500 to spend on our fabulous new collection!
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to karenmillen.com/vfno for all the insider info, RSVP on our Facebook events and make sure you’re at your nearest Karen Millen store for the biggest fashion party we’ve ever been part of!