Karen Millen offers some of spring’s key trends, but sticks to silhouettes its customers depend on.
Karen Millen has embraced colour blocking and works the trend well into dresses and tops, with orange, white and a yellow and stone-grey mix the key colours. The 1970s trend is interpreted subtly on shirts, with frilly sleeves and embroidered, scalloped-edge collars, and pleated, cut-out tops. Karen Millen has rightly stuck to a more structured silhouette for its body-con customers.
If Karen Millen is trying to shake off its image of a dress-only retailer, perhaps it could have finished one of its five, dress-clad mannequins in the window with a top and trousers. Accessories are placed on top of shelves to create complete outfits in a tidy, well-merchandised store. The staff were helpful and offered to call other local branches for different sizes.
Prices seem to have changed little since last season at Karen Millen, with dresses hovering around £175. On-trend wide-leg trousers are £125 and plain black trousers are only marginally cheaper at £115 - perhaps pricing could have been stretched at either end. An orange knit with shiny buttons is well-priced at £95 and a more basic jersey comes in at a reasonable £55. Shirts are generally above £100 - possibly a touch too expensive given the abundance of great styles across the high street.