Karen Millen is a well-loved woman’s brand from the UK, known for making elegant, classic style dresses and separates for women fit enough for the queen.
Last week I was invited along to the Karen Millen press day to view the sunglasses range. For the Spring/Summer 2017 sunglasses range, eyewear design and manufacturing house Mondottica has taken over the creative process of the collection. Before this press day, I was aware that Karen Millen eyewear was out there but I never looked into them because, from a fashion point of view, I always felt the clothes are quite mature for me. They are something the Duchess Kate Middleton would wear every day and that isn’t my style, therefore I never investigated the eyewear range further.
So, what did I think? From not knowing what the previous collection was like and just looking at this collection from Mondottica, I liked them. I can see the elegance feeding through and they certainly had the ladylike feel about them so yes, they go with the clothing and accessories range beautifully. It is always lovely to see the eyewear range within the clothing range because you can really see how the entire collection compliments each other.
There were couple of pieces which stood out to me. One of them was the dusty pink acetate frame with a strip of tortoiseshell detail across the brow area. I thought the dusty pink was a nice touch and brings out the feminine element but without being too girly because Karen Millen is not about being girlie. The round shape also really reminded me of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s so another very elegant, feminine reference which reflects on the brand’s ethos.
Another style which stood out to me were also round but they were metal frames. If you have been following me long enough, you will know I am not a fan of metal frames because I don’t find them as exciting but these I was impressed with. The matt finish along with the round shape brings out the femininity of the frame and I was most impressed with the very slight cut out details right at the corner of the lenses. I thought it was a nice but subtle touch. It adds a touch of mystery.
If you like what you have seen so far then great, but you do have to wait until early next year where you can get your hands on them. They will be available to buy at Karen Millen stores and then rolled out to opticians. Next year an optical range will also be coming out where Mondottica, the design/manufacturing house will be overseeing the collection so stay tuned for more next year. Go to Mondottica’s website to find out when the collection is available or go to Karen Millen website early next year. If you like the brand then I think you will like the eyewear range.