Karen Millen
KAREN MILLEN - SPRING | SUMMER 2017

21 June 2017

For Spring Summer 2017 Karen Millen introduces a collection featu ring innovative cuts, fresh colours and
forward thinking shapes to celebrate the individual.

The white shirt is a focus for the design team this season. The wardrobe staple is reworked in various guises, using both cotton and silk fabrications. From an outsize shift with tie detailing on the sleeve, to kimono sleeves and placement ruffles, the edit is concise yet playful in itʼs execution and will become a cornerstone for the brand this season.

Tailoring is key to the brand and this season it is explored throughout the collection. From a soft and relaxed black pyjama suit with elegant white piping through to tailored separates with nautical detailing, a double breasted jacket is combined with a wide leg navy trou ser;itʼs buttoning across the front in the style of a sailorʼs pant.

The dress plays hero for the season, with an emphasis on femininity. Detailing is key, with soft ruffles, lace trims or spaghetti straps sitting against soft vintage inspired colours. Embroidery hints towards the Far East in its complexity and repetition, whether all over a fitted shift dress or placed on a yo ke on a Victorian inspired mini dress.

The seasonʼs richest colours come from a military safari trend that is formulated from warm rust, ginger, spice and dandelion tones .A versatile cinnamon lightweight trench can be deconstructed to create a throw on cropped soft trench or a sleeveless jacket. These pieces canbe paired with soft knitwear featuring hidden looping and lacni g details, again playfully referenc ing a nautical the me.Blouses are bohemian in style and trimmed with lace and black embroide ry;whi lst skirts come in wovenm ixed textiles featuring chevron patterns, or simple -Aline styles with a hint of the 1970.s The sleeveless state ment yellow trench adds a splash of colour to a summer palette.S porty shapes with a 1960ʼs feel, whether fitted or with a flared skirt come in primary colours such as vermillion red, royal blue and canary yellow.

A palette of tea lr,ich navy and safari green create lightweight pie ces for high summ, er taking the wearer from office to bar and beyond. Silks and cottons take the for m of relaxed culo ttes or a navy leg ovoidplaysuit. A python print silk dress with lacing details and soft ruffles has a luxurious bohemian feel whilst a silk shirt-dress is a new take on minimalist 1990s dressing.

For the Spring Summer 2017 Atelier collection the design team looked to Kew Gardens and drew inspiration from British flora. Hand painted botanica lblooms create unique prints, which form the basis of the collection. The prints sit across maxi dresses, shorter summer dresses and jum psuits in a colour palette of vibrant yellow,p owerful purpl e and feminin e rose sitting back on white and black.

Accessories take inspiration from two different palettes, whe ther in bold primary colour striped leather tote bags or stand out colour popping suede flats with ruffling details. Neutral shades such as black or blush form an edit of easy sandals, tumbled leather envelope style clutches and soft form tote bags. Trainers feature a crepe sole and brogue detailing in white and palest pink.

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