Well hello there!
Mamma FINALLY made it to a fashion-week event tonight (meanwhile, tomorrow marks the official end of the runway shows, but whateves). As they say, everything is live-streamed these days anyways, but there’s nothing quite like being up close and personal, am I right? (P.S. it's insane to think that last year, exactly this time during New York Fashion week, my nuker could barely walk!! See here).
This event just happened to be particularly special, as it was held at somebody’s home (the only home in Manhattan where I’ve ever been on a 80 foot, multi-floor slide, but that’s another story), and involved an intimate discussion with one of fashion’s premier designers, Karen Walker – who also just happens to be a tried and true Kiwi (she’s basically spent her entire life in Auckland, of which, and these were her words not mine, “every two weeks or so you find yourself on a plane”).
I’ve actually never been able to converse with a designer in this format, so found the entire affair to be quite fascinating. For instance, Karen admitted that being a “Kiwi” in the fashion forum likely didn’t make things any easier for her in the fashion industry (which I can believe). You either have the goods or you don’t. She also said that the first time she truly became passionate about fashion was when she made these circular skirts for her Barbie at the age of seven, and there was no turning back from there! (Incidentally, she has an adorable daughter who also happens to be seven, and I wonder whether Karen’s shown her the ropes).
My current obsession with Karen Walker designs, bizarrely, is actually her eyewear. In fact, several years ago, I’d seen my girlfriend the Hsu Closet bust out with these puppies, back when Karen Walker was entering the scene, and I had remembered thinking how unique looking they were (years later, my love for Karen Walker was rekindled by a visit to the Inverted Edge show room). They tend to be on the chunkier side, more avant garde, Karen herself called them her “King Jong Il/Inspired by Dictators” look, and I absolutely love it! I believe that they are so on-point right now, and her current runway nails it straight on. My favorite one being the image below.
Oh... and did I mention that I also happened to run into Sean Kelly, the incredibly adorable fashion designer from Season 13? Who also happens to be Kiwi?? He was super sweet and down-to-earth, yet another reason why I love that good old-fashion Kiwiana spirit. (For more updates on my adventures in New Zealand, see here).