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”