Karen Millen’s transformation – so far the signs are good!

Probably like many of you, I had the new Karen Millen Autumn Winter 13 “lookbook” drop through my door today (photos interspersed below). More accurately it should be referred to as the Autumn Winter 13 campaign, with portraits by David Bailey.


Inside it says that “Karen Millen is transforming.” So the next obvious question to me was “into what?” But that’s not a question that seems to be addressed. Rather it is a case of talking about the coming together of Karen Millen and David Bailey and their creative journey. I still haven’t got to the nub of what the changes are really all about – although I have an idea and some hopes of my own as Karen Millen hasn’t had a good overhaul for many years.



Unlike Reiss and Whistles, brands that are comparable with Karen Millen price wise, I’m not really convinced that Karen Millen has ever found its style niche on the High Street. Or maybe it has but maybe it doesn’t want to inhabit that particular niche any more. 


Whilst there’s no doubting that previous collections did have some great staple pieces, I quite often felt that it was just a bit too try hard – a little short, a little too tight, a bit heavy on the animal print, a ruffle too far and quite often something perfect would be ruined when I turned it around and it was laced up at the back. I suppose it’s always felt a bit trussed up, as though it needed to kick back and relax a bit more.



It’s odd that my path with Karen Millen should cross again so soon. When I recently started to think about what to wear to an upcoming 50th birthday party, the theme of which is “Out of Africa” (more about that after the event) Karen Millen was the store that really sprang to mind as having animal print pieces that would fit the bill. However is that what you would really want for your brand? For it to be the go to store for something animal print, slightly theatrical and a little OTT, to wear to a themed birthday party?


So, as to the “transformation” I particularly like this jacket which is from the new collection.



Whilst in the Karen Millen at Bicester at the weekend, I took a photograph of this jacket which is very similar. As I recall I think that it was about £130 and the sizing was quite snug. They did seem to have a good selection of stock though so it may be worth making enquiries for anyone who likes it enough to pursue it further – which I am now wishing I had done!




So, what do we think ladies?  Do we think that Karen Millen is due for an overhaul and if so, what do we hope to see. One thing is for sure, as you can see from these shots, plaid is going to be everywhere this winter and this dress could be a good place to start.



 Checked dress (£175)








  1. Sue
    August 20, 2013 / 8:34 pm

    I agree with you Beth. It never made it in to my list of shops that I wanted to go in to either. I always thought it looked a little bit too footballers wives (oh gosh – someone is going to shoot me down in flames aren't they?). But the first picture is stunning – let's hope the rest is as good – I'm one of the ones that didn't get a lookbook – can't think why :o)

  2. Binkie
    August 21, 2013 / 7:09 am

    I agree I never went in there as whenever I did I thought it was too tarty, too tight & too OTT! plus the sizing was always so small! looking forward to revisiting it as would be great to have another top end high street brand that offered wearable, stylish and contemporary pieces, binkie xhttp://binkiesbabblingblog.blogspot.com

  3. Carol Li
    August 21, 2013 / 7:32 am

    It was interesting to read your comments. Companies usually have a re-invention when their sales figures start dipping like good old M&S. Maybe this is what Karen Millen is experiencing? I'm a big fan on Karen Millen although only buy in the sale due to the price. They are great for petites and I love their knitwear & cute dresses. http://www.petitestyleonline.com

  4. MummysGotStyle
    August 21, 2013 / 7:57 am

    I agree that aside from the odd party dress, KM lacked direction. I adore the tartan print dress though and will be popping back to see the 'trasnformation' for myself.

  5. The Flaky Fashionista
    August 21, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Interesting post! I've never really been a fan of Karen Millen, bar one yellow leather jacket that taunted me from the shop window a few years ago. In general, I find the stuff a bit too OTT and as you say 'trussed up'. Not a shop I would ever bother going into, so it will be interesting to see if they do change direction.

  6. PaulineA
    August 21, 2013 / 7:42 pm

    Karen Millen is a shop that I 'dip into' when shopping with a friend. We 'ooh/aah' over the shoes and bags and express amazement at the price of these and the clothes. I've never bought anything, perhaps because I think the clothes will wear ME rather than the other way round?

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    August 22, 2013 / 10:32 am

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  8. StyleGuile
    August 23, 2013 / 8:28 pm

    I loved all of the insightful comments left in relation to this post – thank you. I think that they are worth feeding back to Karen Millen as they speak volumes about how the brand is received. Definitely time for a change!

  9. قمم التميز
    September 19, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    شركة مكافحة حشرات تهتم شركة قمم التميز باعمال الرش والقضاء على الحشرات المنزلية فمهما كانت المعاناة ومهما كانت كمية الحشرات التى تعانى منها فتعاون مع افضل شركة تهتم بهذه الخدمة الان شركة مكافحة حشرات بالخبرالحشرات المنزلية من المشكلات التى تعانى منها البيوت ، وخصوص فى المناطق المرتفعة فيها الحرارة ، وحيث تنشر الحشرات فى المنزل وقد تسبب متاعب كثيرة وأمراض خطيرة .وللحماية منزلك من الحشرات ومنع دخولها ويمكن ان نطرح بعض النصائح :*الحرص على النظافة الدائمة للمنزل ، *التهوية الجيدة لغرف المنزل ودخول أشعة الشمس لقتل الحشرات التى لا ترى إلا بالعين المجردة .*التخلص من القمامة أول بأول حتى لا تكون عرضه للأنتشار الحشرات .نتظيف خزانات الطعام وتهويتها جيدة، والتخلص من الفضلات ، وغلق المحكم للبرطمانات للطعام التى تواجد فى خزانة حتى لا تكون مصدر لتسرب الحشرات .*وضع سلك شبكة صغير الحجم على النوافذ والأبواب ، وسد الثقوب والشقوق بالأسمنت اوجبس ،لكى لا تتسرب الحشرات منها . مكافحة النمل الابيض بالخبر*تنظيف الأطباق وأوانى الطعام بعد استعمالها مباشرة ، لأنها قد تسبب فى خروج الحشرات من المكان التى تعيش فيه .*عدم ترك فضلات الطعام على مائدة الطعام ، وتنظيف بصفة دورية تمنع من أنتشار الحشرات والوقاية منها .وهناك حشرات متعددة قد تسبب للأنسان أزعاج دائم ومنها : النمل والصراصير والبق والذباب والناموس والفئران .النمل نوعان * النمل عادى مصدر غذائه فضلات الطعام ويعيش فى ثقوب وشقوق المنزل .والنمل الأبيض يسمى ( العتة) وهو يحتاج إلى طعام الدائم لكى يبقى على قيد الحياة ، مصدر غذائه السكر (الجلكوز) الموجود فى الخشب ، و المتواجد فى الأبواب والنوافذ والأثاث ، وقد يسبب خطر كبير على منزلك فالنمل الأبيض يعمل ممرات ويقوم بتأسيس بيت له أسفل المنزل ، ويكون دمار بمرور الوقت وأضرار فادحة لايمكن اصلاحها إلا بعد فوات الآوان . شركة رش مبيدات بالخبر ويمكن التخلص من النمل الأبيض برش مبيدات كيمائية مخصص لها أثناء بناء الأثاث فى الأرض ، وعند تركيب الأبواب التأكيد من أغلاق جميع الفتحات فى جوانب الباب وألأفضل تركيب الأبواب بالمفاصل وليس بالمواد اللزقة ، وعند شراء الأثاث الضغط على الخشب وتأكد مدى قوتها وعدم أصابتها بالنمل الأبيض .أما النمل العادى التى يتواجد المطبخ يمكن التخلص منه بقليل من الصودا المخلوطة بالسكر وضعها فى الثقوب والفتحات التى تخرج منها فالنمل يموت فى الحال .فى خزانة الطعام نضع فيها قليل من القهوة المرة أو الفلفل غير المطحون فهو يخلصك من النمل نهائيا وكذلك الحشرات الأخرى . شركة تخزين عفش بالخبروالصراصير لمنعها من أنتشارها فى المنزل يمكن سد البالوعات والمراحيض فى الليل ، صب المحاليل السامة أو مشتقات البترول القتلة فى فتحات المراحيض والبالوعات ثم صب ماء عليها فى الصباح. ممكن عمل كرات من الدقيق بها مواد سامة أى معجونة بالمبيدات الحشرية ووضعها فى المكان الذى تكثر فيه الصراصير …. وتكون بعيده عن منتاول الأطفال

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