The attention to detail is striking in Karen Millen’s autumn/winter 2010 collection. Her designs provide a link between high-street and designer, the quality of the pieces creates a sense of opulence for the wearer, yet the price tag is sophisticated without being wildly expensive. This is the secret of her success and this season she certainly does not disappoint.
Accessories are taking centre stage in many designer collections this season and Karen Millen’s is no exception. Famously known for her evening wear the focus of the winter 2010 collection is very much on the accessories, indeed they are the first items available for purchase.
Beaded Long Dress
Featuring a multi bead and sequin embellished design, with a layered chiffon skirt and bustier styling.
The handbags in the collection are edgy and playful, in the season dedicated to classic utility and pared-back luxury they add a contemporary twist to vintage looks. The inclusion of zips, studs and faux fur on oversized designs with unusual handles is ultra-modern and the perfect companion for girls inspired by designers such as Balmain. There are several different designs: the uncompromising soft studded bag, which glitters with hundreds of studs, the detail is completely luxurious; the compact strappy zip edge clutch, the perfect bag to balance out an evening dress that is light-weight, feminine, and floating; and the stunning studded suede satchel, in a beautiful shade of autumn brown it is the perfect bag for your elegant day-wear.
Karen Millen lace handbag and soft studded bag
Strappy Zip Edge Clutch
Right picture: Leather Python Bow tote bag
Elsewhere in the collection, special mention simply has to go to the stretch suede over the knee boots, they come in black or (even better) soft mink grey- there are several designs like this in black this season and if you really want to be stand out go for the grey shade- the tone is gorgeous and softens the style of the boots- perfect for day or night!
Stretch suede over the knee boots
If you’ve got an important function in the run up to Christmas Karen Millen also has a fabulous collection of winter evening wear that is stylish and attention-grabbing. The collection focuses on the minimalist trend of this season with many of the designs utilising block colour, mostly black or white.
Karen Millen Halter Neck Lace Dress
The beaded long dress in black is my favourite piece. The beading creates a sculpted look and the dress retains its femininity despite its edgy cut and shade. Wear with some gorgeous silver or white gold jewellery and the glitziest silver clutch on the high street to look fabulous at the work winter ball this Christmas.
The Ruffle Prom Dress
Eva Longoria Parker looked stunning in the Karen Millen One Shoulder Pencil Dress at a party in Los Angeles
If you’re looking for something shorter, the Ruffle Prom Dress is the perfect option. Available in seasonal cream, compliment the wintry tone with some sequined heels and a beautiful handbag. The dress is highly structured with a fitted corset top balanced out by lots of gorgeous ruffles on the skirt. Don’t forget to add a faux fur wrap for the ultimate look of Christmas 2010.