Karen Walker on the runway at New York Fashion Week

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Karen Walker showed her spring/summer collection ‘Fantastique Magnifique’ yesterday at New York Fashion Week and so far the reviews have all been positive. Her collection is loosely based around 1950s post-war optimism and the Karen’s fascination with the space age.

STYLE.COM’s Maya Singer described the collection as: Walker’s space-race collection arrives at a moment when the landing of the Mars Rover has restored a little of our collective galactic wonder. And so the optimistic tone here felt right and relevant. Though Walker laced the collection with Kennedy-era references—a Peter Pan collar, a short belted shift, a little angora—the clothes never felt vintage-y. She has a knack for the offbeat that kept the clothes modern.”

WWD.com says: Hints of Fifties suburbia added a bit of romance to Karen Walker’s charming spring outing . . . there were plenty of the boyish looks the designer is known for, but it was a welcome treat to see her softer side on display as well.

Oystermag.com says: Tall hats and tall fringes were the order of the day . . cadet caps with extra height were crafted from straw, while one had to wonder how models navigated the runway with fringes that dusted cheekbones. For the finale, Karen made her bow sporting a super cute pixie crop. It was the perfect wrap to the show’s lunar femininity.
Take a look for yourself.