KAREN MILLEN Spring - Summer 2017 collection
For Spring Summer 2017 Karen Millen introduces a collection featuring innovative cuts, fresh colours and forward thinking shapes to celebrate the individual.
The white shirt is a focus for the design team this season. The wardrobe staple is reworked in various guises, using both cotton and silk fabrications. From an outsize shift with tie detailing on the sleeve, to kimono sleeves and placement ruffles, the edit is concise yet playful in it’s execution and will become a cornerstone for the brand this season.
Tailoring is key to the brand and this season it is explored throughout the collection. From a soft and relaxed black pyjama suit with elegant white piping through to tailored separates with nautical detailing, a double breasted jacket is combined with a wide leg navy trouser; it’s buttoning across the front in the style of a sailor’s pant.
The dress plays hero for the season, with an emphasis on femininity. Detailing is key, with soft ruffles, lace trims or spaghetti straps sitting against soft vintage inspired colours. Embroidery hints towards the Far East in its complexity and repetition, whether all over a fitted shift dress or placed on a yoke on a Victorian inspired mini dress.
The season’s richest colours come from a military safari trend that is formulated from warm rust, ginger, spice and dandelion tones. A versatile cinnamon lightweight trench can be deconstructed to create a throw on cropped soft trench or a sleeveless jacket. These pieces can be paired with soft knitwear featuring hidden looping and lacing details, again playfully referencing a nautical theme. Blouses are bohemian in style and trimmed with lace and black embroidery; whilst skirts come in woven mixed textiles featuring chevron patterns, or simple A-line styles with a hint of the 1970s. The sleeveless statement yellow trench adds a splash of colour to a summer palette. Sporty shapes with a 1960’s feel, whether fitted or with a flared skirt come in primary colours such as vermillion red, royal blue and canary yellow.
A palette of teal, rich navy and safari green create lightweight pieces for high summer, taking the wearer from office to bar and beyond. Silks and cottons take the form of relaxed culottes or a navy ovoid leg-playsuit. A python print silk dress with lacing details and soft ruffles has a luxurious bohemian feel whilst a silk shirt-dress is a new take on minimalist 1990s dressing.
For the Spring Summer 2017 Atelier collection the design team looked to Kew Gardens and drew inspiration from British flora. Hand painted botanical blooms create unique prints, which form the basis of the collection. The prints sit across maxi dresses, shorter summer dresses and jumpsuits in a colour palette of vibrant yellow, powerful purple and feminine rose sitting back on white and black.
Accessories take inspiration from two different palettes, whether in bold primary colour striped leather tote bags or stand out colour popping suede flats with ruffling details. Neutral shades such as black or blush form an edit of easy sandals, tumbled leather envelope style clutches and soft form tote bags. Trainers feature a crepe sole and brogue detailing in white and palest pink.