Walker has also expanded her brand from apparel to jewelry and eyewear, the latter of which has proven to be wildly popular and continually sells out. This is no doubt fueled by her celebrity fan club, which includes Drew Barrymore, Madonna, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, Sienna Miller, and Kate Winslet (who wore Walker's clothing in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Despite the glitz of Hollywood adoration, Walker's style is tinged by the hip edge of street and rock culture, as evidenced by her onetime runway model, Theodora Richards (of The Rolling Stones' Richards). Her spring 2008 collection played with prints (which are designed by her husband), textures, and proportions, all in pleasant hues of peach, sage, and blue gray. While you can always find select Walker styles at Elizabeth Charles, a boutique in New York that sells its wares online, New Yorkers are currently treated to the entire collection at The Den, a temporary fashion pop up store in the East Village. The store is designed to give emerging talent the opportunity to sell their goods in a boutique, and every few months a different designer is featured. Therefore, in a short while, Karen Walker will be gone from The Den, and New Yorkers will have to hit the internet, like the rest of the country, to find her merchandise. The aforementioned Elizabeth Charles has the most extensive collection, while YOOX has a fair share of offerings. Le Train Bleu and Gargyle.com upstage them both however by offering the cult-worthy sunglasses in several different styles. But, if you're willing to pay the shipping fees, you can also order a couple of sunglass styles from the Australian store, Pompidou, in colors we didn't find elsewhere (TV Eyes Green and Deep Freeze Blue).
Karen Walker is in a brilliant stage in her career, where her designs are revered but not widespread, allowing us to sport her styles without looking like everyone else.
-- Lindsay Sakraida