The formula for Karen Walker cool

Karen Walker isn’t just a designer but a scientist, an alchemist. She knows that effortless cool isn’t created by accident but engineered by a careful formula. Take her pink floral-printed jumpsuit as the defining example. It has a sugar sweet retro pin-up vibe with its bandeau tie at the bust. Did we mention that it’s pink? And floral? Yet the Karen Walker girl would never end up looking like a big kid at a girly pyjama party. She’d wear it with boots, tailored jacket slung casually over the shoulders, headscarf and sunglasses injecting more of a Marilyn vibe than a barbie one. It’s two parts feminine, one part masculine; and it’s the same formula that kept all of her Melbourne fashion festival (VAMFF) outfits leaning to the quirky-cool side.

And that’s generally the key with any Karen Walker collection; to not look at each piece stand-alone, but in how it can be styled to fit with Walker’s easy aesthetic. This collection is no exception.

You can see all of the Karen Walker autumn / winter 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.