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Karen Millen, 3-4 Bournemouth Arcade

An exclusive-feeling store houses some of the more ‘wow’ pieces seen in Bournemouth

Product 9

Karen Millen’s trend credentials have leapt up a notch in the past couple of seasons and this collection is suitably striking. Silk grey harem trousers are super soft to the touch, while a plethora of fabrics have been whipped up into amazing looking dresses, from fit-and-flare broderie anglaise to Erdem-esque digital floral prints on asymmetric silk dresses. Sportswear, an unlikely Karen Millen trend, looks hot in the form of a slim-fit jersey top in black with electric blue-and-white racer stripes.

Experience 8

Clothing is merchandised in easy-to-shop colour sections, as are accessories with soft overhead lighting. There is plenty of aisle space and a funky house soundtrack presents Karen Millen as the relaxed but cooler older sister to Bournemouth’s young fashion stores. Staff know their stuff, telling Drapers not to worry about potential duplicate appearances of a dress at a wedding as there is limited production of the most statement pieces.

Value 7½

A biker-style leather gilet is pricey at £250 but is clearly made with top-quality leather. The dresses are some of the most technically striking on the high street, with a satiny tangerine bubble-hemmed shift with ruched hem worth the £135 and a digital technicolor floral-print one-shouldered dress £150. A dove grey merino dress with drawstring waist and exposed zip down the front is £110. One of the best value pieces is a heavily beaded shoulder roll-neck top at £70.

Score 24½

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