This post is both short and woefully behind schedule but the subject is a fabulous one so it’s going up anyway! I definitely do not need to tell you who Karen Walker is. Since launching her label in 1988, the New Zealand born designer has been on a stealthy trajectory to fashion world domination. In its first decade, the Karen Walker brand boasted two stored and was stocked in Barney’s. 25 years on she’s expanded to include eyeware, homewear, childrenswear, jewellery and paints with diffusion lines across the US and Australia. As is often the case, I was kind of late to the party and am now kicking myself. I’ve done New York Fashion Week three times now, why the HELL didn’t I go to Karen Walker’s show!? Suffice to say, that’s going to be changing this time around. Her collections are the perfect blend of preppy prettiness and borrowed-from-the-boys cool with polkadots, plaid, print and colour-popping a’ plenty. But back to the eyewear. Karen Walker sunglasses have become a major fashion fave. If you’ve seen a picture of Alexa or Olivia in the past six months I guarantee she was rocking a pair. Due to, I assume, a combination of joie de vivre and business acumen Karen decided to launch her “Candy Bar” concept, a super cute travelling pop up stocking an exclusive collection of seriously scrumptious selection of shades in edible hues.
So far the Candy Bar has popped up in Tokyo, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Shanghai, Hong Kong and numerous US locations. On June 27th it arrived at Browns Focus in London. Having had basically the busiest month of my life, I didn’t manage to visit until this week but now I have, my Karen Walker sunglass obsession has hit new levels. UK readers, the Candy Bar is only here until August 15th so GO NOW or risk regretting it forever! Non UK readers you’ve got a bit more time as for the remainder of 2013, Karen’s pop up will be continuing its world tour through Europe and North America.
Love Ella. X
Ps) Going anywhere near Browns Focus is seriously hazardous to your bank account. Obvi you’ll get a pair of Karen Walker glasses but you may acquire other things too. I left with a Kenzo sweater and am now more than mildly broke.