Would anyone look to a Hare Krishna for style tips? Probably not, but Karen Walker has a broad imagination, and after spotting a vintage photo of a trio of devotees strolling through an airport circa 1971, a seed was planted and a collection born. There was a definable slouch to just about everything she delivered, layered with eclectic abandon, and not a matchy-matchy look in sight.
“I liked the mix of traditional Eastern with modern utility pieces,” said the designer backstage. She created a magic-carpet print on shimmery viscose for cross-front dhoti pants and easy wrap dresses.
Honoring the utility inspiration, there were oversize trenchcoats and anoraks in colors like peach and tangerine, paired with linen muslin suiting and lots of knits. She also added two great collaborations to her roster: handbags with Benah and patent-leather sneakers with BePositive.
This was a motley lineup worth a good tambourine shake.