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Karen Millen

Spring 11

The look

An explosion of colour underpins a sexy, fresh and accomplished spring 11 collection by Karen Millen. The womenswear retailer, like many of its high street counterparts, focused on a trend-led, neutral palette for autumn 10, so it’s refreshing to see brights back on its agenda.

The jewel tones seen on Gucci’s catwalks are referenced, with jade and navy worked into bold stripes on Riviera-inspired shirt dresses and a rich fuchsia pink employed on angular satin pleats that decorate a standout body-con evening dress.

A sports utility theme comes through on silk bombers that are trimmed with zips, while wide-leg denims teamed with crisp white shirts convey a 1970s direction.

Key pieces

Black lace shorts with scalloped hem

Fuchsia and black striped skater skirt with yellow vest

Pleated body-con evening dress with tribal-inspired breast plates

Riviera-style dress in pink and black stripes

Right for the market?

Karen Millen continues to move away from its reputation as a dress-led retailer with a collectionof accomplished separates. Although not known for slavishly following trends, for spring 11 the retailer has ticked the 1970s, sports utility and jewel tones trend boxes, but they are interpreted with a twist and geared towards a sophisticated woman.

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