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Karen Millen, 6 New Bond Street

Karen Millen offers some of spring’s key trends, but sticks to silhouettes its customers depend on.

Product 7

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.

Experience 6

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.

Value 6

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.

Score 19

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