Karen Walker Fantastique Magnifique AW13 collection

Rather impatiently, I’ve been waiting for the lookbook of Karen Walker’s AW 13 collection to show up on her website, and was pleasantly surprised to find a preview pop up on none other than Oystermag. While not the full lookbook, it gives a great little peek into what’s to come, and I’m anticipating I will once again find it difficult to whittle down my wishlist.

Karen drew inspiration from the futuristic optimism of the 1950’s, which is evident in the abundance of galactic prints and out of this world metallic pieces. Staying true to the brand’s aesthetic, the collection is quirky yet bordering on saccharine at times, mixing feminine styles amongst the tomboy-ish pant suits that Karen does so well in punchy colours and unique prints. The ever-popular sweatshirting Runaway pieces are still around, with space rocks and glitter panels. What’s more, is that Karen’s brought back the cone shaped hat from one of my favourite collections, Believers.

In particular, I’m looking forward to the white polka dot print suiting, and navy galactic everything, two things I think will fit right in with my current wardrobe. I also can’t wait to see how the rest of the collection translates for the Southern Hemisphere, as there are always a few surprises. Oh, and those shoes, those gorgeous shoes. Bring on February!


  1. Nina November 9, 2012 / 6:20 am

    Love the awkward trouser length (orange ones, middle of the first set)…

  2. Zhanna November 9, 2012 / 4:16 pm

    I am in love with this collection. The colors and patterns are just beautiful.

  3. Theresa November 9, 2012 / 6:24 am

    This is one awesome collection. I just love the silhouettes of these pieces and the color palette and print combo that she used. The galactic vibe is very cool! Love it!


  4. Ting November 9, 2012 / 6:43 am

    I love Karen walker! Especially karen walker sunglasses.

  5. Maria November 9, 2012 / 12:54 pm

    What gorgeous campaign imagery, I want it all!

    Maria xxx

  6. Daisy Nguyen November 10, 2012 / 2:38 am

    What a fun collection! I LOVE it! THe navy peplum outfit is AMAZING!

    -Daisy Nguyen from the PS BANANAS! fashion blog: http://psbananas.com

  7. Stephanie November 10, 2012 / 2:17 pm

    Goodness. I love this collection. The prints are so fun, and the hair is fabulous (although quite impractical)!

  8. Kristin November 10, 2012 / 7:24 am

    I’m impatient too, so thanks for sharing 🙂 It’s still looking quite summery from these pics though, isn’t it? I’ll be interested to see it all, including runaway as well. I couldn’t pull off that hat, but Country Road have a smaller version at the moment that I’d like to get. I got the resort polka dot boat pants – love them!

  9. Mira November 10, 2012 / 10:31 am

    Wow love this collection and how awesome is the pink coat on the first pic <3


  10. Peta November 12, 2012 / 2:26 am

    oh how I wish I could afford karen walker ; (

  11. Stephanie / FAIIINT November 12, 2012 / 7:49 pm

    This is such a cute collection! I always really love her dresses & jackets, but it’s so hard (and expensive!) to get a hold of over here! My favourite part of this though is the hair & the huge smile, it’s so fun & I can’t help but smile too when looking through the outfits!

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