Karen Walker Fall 2013: Siouxsie Sioux With A Neon Twist

Looks from Karen Walker’s Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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A English punk soundtrack goes well with just about anything, but especially if you’re lucky enough to be blasting it while rocking Karen Walker’s boxy jackets, pleated skirts, and the rest of her Fall wares. The New Zealand designer’s message came in loud and clear yesterday at her New York Fashion Week runway show, where she took cues from ’70s punk rockers The Damned in her aptly titled “New Rose” collection (named after their 1976 single). Art school touches like dripping rose print motifs, highlighter yellow details and zig zag sweaters collided with collegiate staples such as pinafore dresses, slouchy socks and trench coats for an explosion of kooky cool that we want to inject into our closets immediately. Models worked messy ponytails and shaggy, mussed-up bobs as they strutted down the runway to Siouxsie Sioux and The Damned, upping the rebellious rock ’n roll ante in Walker’s rad frames.

Looks from Karen Walker Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
Photo: Getty Images

We can always count on Walker to roll out ridiculously awesome sunglasses season after season (how does she do it?!) and this time around, her oversized shades came in neon tangerine, bright yellow, and embellished black. But not all of the models donned the glasses, which is good for us, because we could also get a close look at that statement neon green and orange winged eyeliner that was inspired by the Siouxsie and the Banshees frontwoman herself. This carefree beauty look paired with the throbbing background beats gave a tough edge to even the most feminine of dresses. Heels, skirts, and cranked-up guitar riffs…who says they have to be mutually exclusive? Because in Karen Walker’s world (and ours!) girls can dress up for fashion shows AND rock shows, too.

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