High end – High Street retailer, Karen Millen, launched their high-summer collection yesterday at Bentley’s on the Green. Known for their excellent accessories and fancy frocks I chose to ignore the usual sparkle-embellished glamour and brightly coloured satin dresses. Instead I noticed some pretty paired-down elements with more universal appeal. Monochrome pieces in leather, suede, lace and Broderie Anglaise showed how this collection differs from the usual Karen Millen offering.
It felt like a more laid-back collection in general actually; I was pretty taken with the slouchy suede jackets, and soft leather waistcoats and biker jackets in navy blue, black and buff/nude. It was the lace and Broderie Anglaise elements that really stood out; continuing a recent trend but in a more elegant, classic way; less Lycra, more cotton made it really summery. Broderie Anglaise can be a little twee, especially when it’s on plain white cotton, the pattern used here however, is tribal rather than floral. I really like this take on such traditional needlework. It works on both the dress and the top (sections shown below). I’d look at teaming them with edgier pieces, in warmer weather.
Leather; both slouchy and fringed: