Karen Walker updated her folk-meets-utility aesthetic with a Spanish flair for resort. Though the reference to Spain led to some typical, hyper-feminine looks — think ruffled bell sleeves, cinched waists and sensual, off-the-shoulder silhouettes — it came into play in a masculine way as well. Inspired by images of strong women during the Spanish Civil War, Walker did voluminous men’s shirting, loose khaki trousers, a camouflage-printed trenchcoat and a few looks in bleached, selvage denim with frayed edges — creating an ease and practicality to the looks that could take her women (or “freedom fighters,” as she called them) throughout their whole day.
The collection “is really about women getting on with life no matter what,” Walker said. “That same functionality is always present in our work.”