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Game of Thrones Star Is The New Face Of Karen Millen

Talk about the epitome of fashion news and the latest celebrity gossip! Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner, (aka Sansa Stark) will be the face of Karen Millen’s 2015 Autumn/Winter launch. I’ve just had a sneak peak at the fashion (which I’ll share) and campaign mini movie entitled The Journey shot by Photographer and director Glen Luchford.

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The campaign centers around Turner. She’s supported by an entourage of handpicked British beauties, Lara Mullen, Rosie Tapner and Brogan Loftus. These young, vivacious women have been exquisitely styled by Katy England who breathes life into the entire collection.

Presented is an eclectic mixture of high-low, trend-led, London inspired pieces. These are complimented with some stunning seasonal wardrobe staples. Seriously the handbags and heeled boots are to die for! As always their objective is to design and create effortless fashion for modern intelligent, urban woman. That sounds very much like a majority of our readers?!

There’s an opulent mixture of day, night, casual, office and evening ware. KM has used a variety of fabrics in plain and feminine patterns, creating perfectly contoured shirts, tops, jeans and elegant skirts. There’s also a selection of tailored pants and an array of coats and jackets available in long and short varieties. To complete the AW15 collection faux furs and flowing scarfs have been included to ward off the winter chills. Plus they haven’t forgotten their iconic bikers jacket. So, basically all the must have’s for a stylish Autumn / Winter wardrobe have been included.

The KM brand ensures exceptional quality with first class craftsmanship. Directed by CCO Gemma Metheringham each piece is designed, cut and finished in KM’s design studio. These remain reflective of KM’s origin which remains based in Shoreditch London. The brand also dedicates support to emerging fashion talent with their graduate protégé scheme. Participants receive valuable experience and in return KM inspires innovation by encouraging new industry professionals.

Speaking of emerging talent and industry professionals lets get back to the celebrity goss! Turner was cast for the role of Sansa Stark at age 13 after being handpicked from her school. She remains with Game of Thrones as it enters it’s fifth season. The promo has just been released and fans can’t wait until it airs in the US on April 12th. Granted Turner’s had a very different role with KM. In fact it’s probably as far from Winterfell and Kings landing entire as you can possibly get! Quite a transformation isn’t it!

As well as being the face of KM, Turner’s been a very busy young lady since Game of Thrones aired last season. She’s rapidly made a leap from small to large screen. She’s recently concluded an action comedy called Barley Lethal with Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba and Samuel L. Jackson. Plus she scored a lead role in an independent film called Alone with Mark Kassen and Ray Liotta.

She’s certainly been mixing it up with some film favorites there. No wonder she’s recently been signed to play Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse. Turner will act along side one film’s hottest honeys; Channing Tatum and of course Australia’s favorite X-Man, Hugh Jackman will be there. The film is currently in pre-production and is due for release in 2016. Looks like this busy talented young beauty is one up and coming celebrity to keep an eye on!

To checkout the Karen Millen AW15 collection click here.

Images via gameofthrones.com

 

February 6, 2015

Autumn Fashion Trends with Karen Millen

The latest Autumn/Winter Karen Millen collection just dropped. Think more relaxed pieces rather than a focus on occasion-wear, with casuals and separates, demins and leathers bridging the gap between high-end and high-street fashion. Karen Millen’s Louise Mitchell shares the brand’s new direction, the latest campaign shot by David Bailey and what trends to look out for this winter.

What is the inspiration behind the new Autumn/Winter collection?
AW14 is a stand-out season for us as a brand. Traditionally, we’ve been known for our amazing dresses and occasion-wear but moving into AW14 you’ll see a greater emphasis on our urban edit, led by amazing leather jackets, denim and versatile separates. There’s still the signature quality and attention to detail which we’re renowned for but the focus for AW14 is to showcase our great mix of trend-led pieces and wardrobe staples that can be worn year after year.

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There is a strong mix of tailored pieces, leather and tartan. What are the key trends to look out for this season?
A trend that’s particularly prominent right now is the use of leather detailing on dresses, skirts and tops as a way to provide a point of interest and add some edge to a piece. The masculine silhouette is also really popular but then so is lace detailing, which adds a nice feminine touch. For our AW14 collection tartan is a key trend – one of our signature campaign pieces is a beautiful red tartan coat.

There are some beautiful patterns and materials used throughout the collection. What is the design process behind creating these amazing colours, patterns and fabrics?
One of our major points of difference as a brand is that everything in our collections is designed, fitted and created in our Shoreditch Atelier in London.

We will fit and re-cut every piece as many times as it takes to ensure the silhouette is right – usually between 7 and 15 times – in all sizes.  Not only do our designers create many of our prints in-house, they also work closely with premium specialty mills around the world to source and select the most luxurious fabrics and finishes. Getting the fabrics, the fit and the detailing right is what really makes a Karen Millen piece so distinctive.

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Can you talk me through the concept behind Karen Millen’s latest campaign shot by David Bailey?
The AW14 campaign focuses on the brand’s changing style via a series of portraits featuring stand out pieces from the new season’s collection. The concept was to allow the clothes and the models to take centre stage, which is why we worked closely with Bailey to select four fresh new faces that embody the essence of a ‘Karen Millen woman’.  We wanted to celebrate high profile creatives working together to create a unique platform on which to propel future faces into the next stage of their careers.

What is your favourite piece from the collection?
There’s so many fantastic pieces in the collection it’s difficult to choose but one that I particularly love is our camouflage faux-fur coat. It’s a great investment piece that will work really well from day, with my favourite Karen Millen boyfriend jeans, to night, with a great dress. It’s top of my list this season.

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What are your favourite fashion trends this autumn?

March 11, 2014

Perfect Party Dresses for Every Occasion This Festive Season

Christmas is just around the corner and the December calendar is filling up with everything from office Christmas parties, to catch-up drinks with the girls, family functions and New Years Eve plans.  So when you’re busy organising everything from presents, to food, and who’s picking up Uncle John from the airport, who has time to find the perfect outfit?

Luckily, for the first time this year, Karen Millen stores in Australia are stocking their stunning collection of holiday party dresses in line with their release in the United Kingdom – perfectly timed for Christmas. The beautiful collection comprises of five dresses, perfect for any occasion that will be sure to give you that instant ‘wow’ factor this festive season. Here’s how to wear each dress with styling tips for every occasion.

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Animal Applique Shift Dress

Perfect for: Night Out with the Girls
If you’re heading out for a night with the girls this festive season, this shift dress with sheer sleeves, faux leather applique and beading is divine. It’s a statement piece, yet still simple enough to brighten up with bold or coloured accessories.
Karen Millen Animal Applique Shift Dress, $495

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Leather Sequin Mesh Dress

Perfect for: Office Party
Finding the perfect dress for an office Christmas party can be quite the challenge. Keep it chic and simple – you want to make the right impression in front of your boss, colleagues and their partners. Opt for something that still makes a statement but that you’re comfortable wearing. This pencil dress is stunningly appropriate with sheer three quarter sleeves, high neckline and all-over faux leather sequin design.
Karen Millen Leather Sequin Mesh Dress, $495

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Dandelion Beaded Dress

Perfect for: Christmas Luncheon
If your festive social diary calls for a Christmas luncheon, then this gorgeous detailed Dandelion Dress is perfect. With daytime events, it’s often hard to find the perfect dress, because you don’t want to look too overdressed, but you still want that ‘wow’ factor. Because this dress has a sweet style short sleeve, fuller skirt and delicate beading, it’s pretty for day, and can still easily be dressed up and take you through to the night.
Karen Millen Dandelion Beaded Dress, $895

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Placed Sequin Flower Dress

Perfect for: Christmas Day
This stunning dress is perfect for our unpredictably (and often hot) Australian Christmas day weather. The delicate floral applique and beading around the hemline ties in perfectly for summer, with the fuller skirt being a flattering alternative to pencil or bodycon dresses, an especially perfect option for Christmas day with so many temptations around! This dress can take you from day through to night by switching to a higher heel and statement accessories for a more dramatic look.
Karen Millen Placed Sequin Flower Dress, $545

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Long Sleeve Pleat Dress

Perfect for: NYE
It’s the night of nights – NYE is the time to pull out all the stops, so why not embellish a little, or a lot, in this stunning long sleeved hand-beaded dress. This is definitely a ‘wow’ dress that will turn heads, with the intricate beading design, all-over embroidery and pleated skirt. Because this dress is such a statement, do go overboard with accessories, keep it simple and make sure the dress (and you in it!) is the focus when the clock strikes midnight.
Karen Millen Long Sleeve Pleat Dress, $945

Which is your favourite dress from the new Karen Millen dress collection? 

December 9, 2013