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High Street Fashion = Leather and Lace

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.

Other Lace:

Leather; both slouchy and fringed:

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6 Responses to “High Street Fashion = Leather and Lace”


  1. March 11, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Hey Whisty, I like the look of the leather jacket. Didn’t know Karen Millen did that kind of thing although I do like their dresses. Only problem is you’d nearly fear wearing one to “an occasion” in case someone else has it

    • 2 whisty
      March 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm

      I know can you imagine! If you’re choosing KM you have to really put your own take on it and not just add a matching fascinator and pashmina.

      That’s defo where some women go wrong. It wouldn’t matter whether the dress was the same as everyone else’s if you were wearing a fantastic jacket and killer heels!

  2. March 11, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I love, love, love the lace. Millen is a fashion genius.

  3. March 11, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Yum. Lace is just divine.

  4. March 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Karen Millen always do an amazing job with lace!

    I love their suede jacket though, it is absolutely beautiful. By the way, does anybody know a place in Dublin where they clean suede? It is a practical question 🙂

  5. March 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    loving the colour shades


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