The Atelier dress selection is based, in large part, on the Karen Walker archive and references many of her most iconic pieces as well as adding a few brand new developments.
Ranging from the traditional to the daring the chosen 12 dresses play with length, volume, silhouette, detail and proportion and the range extends from the fun to the fantastically elegant. Also in the line-up are three tremendously chic suits that nod to Karen’s expertise when it comes to a great blazer and perfect pair of pants.
Fabrics include an astonishingly detailed and delicate floral lace, a sumptuous botanical embroidery with generous coverage of glass beads, an energetic and fun dotted tulle, an impressive bubble jacquard and a luxuriously full-bodied taffeta along with an extreme-luxe heavy weight crêpe de Chine. Most of the fabrics for Atelier have been created by Gratacós, one of the great couture fabric houses, who, since 1940, has been making fabrics for haute couture legends.
The enduring strength of Karen’s own marriage, of 28 years, and her love of “a tradition that makes people pin their colours to the mast and take on true commitment,” was very much at the heart of Atelier. “Love, love, love a good wedding!” Karen enthuses. “They’re so uplifting aren’t they? There’s a real joy in two people having that clarity of vision to define themselves in the moment and walk that aisle and into life together.”
All appointments, viewings and fittings will take place in the Karen Walker Atelier suite above the Ponsonby Road boutique and all styles will be made in the Karen Walker workroom in Grey Lynn.The Atelier doors on 14 August 2019. A private viewing can be made with the Karen Walker Atelier Directrice via [email protected]
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