Behind the Design: Lace Jacket

The Atelier Alert from London Fashion Week’s The Daily

“We lavish a lot of love in our garments” Says Gemma Metheringham “We tend to go the extra mile”. She’s not exaggerating. Take the SS10 hero piece Jacket. Crafted out of an exquisite eyelash lace, scalloped-edge lace, the fabric is woven on 200 year old looms by the renown Calais-based French Leavers Lace artisanal producers.

 “The lace is woven bespoke to fit the pattern of our jackets” says Metheringham, bashfully admitting such design indulgences only reserved for rarefied Ready-to-Wear collections and haute couture”

“I don’t think there is any other lace that matches this. It’s so beautiful. That is one of the joys of working at Karen Millen; we get to work with such beautiful fabrics.”

Part of Karen Millen’s design philosophy I that every garment is lovingly created and samples in its atelier, which functions like most Paris fashion house ateliers.

“The reason we care so much about the details and the fit is that we are not about disposable fashion. We are producing pieces that possess design integrity, that you will be able to pull out of your closet in 10 years and still think are perfect”

“Jackets are a key fashion item but they’re not always that easy to integrate into your wardrobe. We wanted to create a jacket that was structured and had a great silhouette at the same time as being light and easy to wear; the kind of jacket that would look effortless with a pair of jeans. But above all we wanted to create an incredibly special piece that our customers could treasure”

The lace jacket pattern cutting


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9 responses to “Behind the Design: Lace Jacket

  1. Wow. I had never heard of Karen Millen until today.
    I love love everything on the website.
    Loving the Colour Block Pencil Skirt especially!

  2. This lace jacket is truly special. Will it be available in Australia? and if so how much will it be retailing for?

  3. This is a limited edition jacket and, unfortunately, will not be retailing in Australia. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Thanks KM. I bought the last one off ASOS and I cannot wait to recieve it in the mail, it truly is gorgeous

  5. Sue

    This gorgeous jacket seems to be sold out most places do you think it will come bacnk into stock?

  6. I am afriad that this jacket is now very hard to get hold of. We sold out of the first delivery in 2 days! You have to act fast with Karen Millen pieces and buy before they fly.

  7. Emer

    will this lace jacket be available on line again? It was featured again in a magazine I read recently and looks lovely!

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