No trip to NZ is complete without a visit to one of the Karen Walker stores, and with a new store on Ponsonby Road it was the perfect excuse to pop in en route to my hotel after a radio interview. Since moving to Melbourne my wallet may feel heavier, but my wardrobe sadly misses my regular (read weekly) visits to KW, I daydream of Melbourne having it's own store, but am told it isn't going to happen anytime soon...sigh. Of course I can order all online, or shop a small selection at various Australian stores, but there is nothing like viewing a full collection, trying on half the store, taking some now, laybying for later and making wish lists for the future.
The new Ponsonby store is a glorious light filled space decorated with soft pastel peaches and clean candy tones that just so happened to match my outfit that day, no doubt adding subconscious admiration points. The current collection Fantastique Magnifique is the perfect range to fill a new store of such delicate palette, the warm browns and ochres of silk shirts and wool coats only added tonality and depth to the interior - no doubt a purposeful decision from a designer with such impeccable eye for colour.
As per usual the lure of KW had me and I couldn't resist leaving with a pair of Turquoise Orbit frames, the perfect lightweight purchase for any girl travelling with a tight baggage allowance.