Tuesday, November 1, 2011

{Karen Kane Holiday 2011}

Over the weekend I was invited to attend a fashion show for designer Karen Kane, to get a glimpse into the brand's Holiday line. Together with fellow Phoenix bloggers Courtney & Kara, we headed to Scottsdale Fashion Square where Dillard's had set up a miniature runway next to the Karen Kane department.

Before I received the invitation, I wasn't familiar with the Karen Kane brand. I spent a little time perusing the website, oogling this, this & this before heading to the show, already excited to see some of my favorites worn by real people/models. The designer shares my love of an extreme sparkle, asymmetrical cut, stripes and cozy sweaters, and that was all it took to sell me on the brand.

From my first impression, a majority of the clothing leans to an older demographic. The pieces are made well, are sophisticated and I loved the dark color palette. I purchase the majority of my clothing with the idea that I'll be wearing it to work more than anything else, and was happy to find pieces that would fit into my professional and personal wardrobe.

Mixing pieces that are more mature into my overall outfit is something I do quite a lot, although I could see how a younger shopper might be swayed in a different direction by the overall feel of the line. This thought was immediately followed by good news for all you twenty somethings and young 30 year olds! After talking to Michael Kane, the brand's new director of marketing, the Karen Kane line is looking to expand their audience in a big way, while still catering to the diehard brand followers who have been around for years.

They're definitely headed in the right direction and nailed this Fall's trends of sparkle, shimmer & bordeaux. We also got to take a peek at Karen Kane's Spring 2012 lookbook and you can already tell the improvement the team has made to refresh the entire brand. Bright colors, stripes (more!), long dresses and tanks fill the book's pages, and I can't wait until they arrive in store. 

Looking to try on some of the Karen Kane looks I posted? You can find the line at Nordstrom, Dillard's, Bloomingdales and of course KarenKane.com for all you online shopping fans!

A huge thank you to Michael for hosting us PHX bloggers, Karen of Scottsdale Fashionista for bringing us all together, and the rest of the Dillard's team for putting together a great show. Some of the other fabulous bloggers in attendance included: Courtney, Kara, Kristianne, Sarai, Dustin & Lauren! Check out their blogs for other fashion show recaps!

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