October 27, 2011

My Looks For Karen Millen

Last week I was invited to put together some looks from the new Karen Millen shop which recently opened at Bloomingdale's Beverly Center. Karen Millen is a British fashion company, renowned for offering versatile investment pieces and attainable luxury. Celebs like Rihanna, Eva Longoria, and Taylor Swift are fans, and after trying on a few pieces myself, I am too!

For my first look, I pulled the pieces I most wanted to wear myself!


I love the French/preppy ingenue feel of the stripey sweater with skinny jeans and riding boots. The red Karen Millen coat seemed like an obvious choice, but I used the milky white coat instead. White is so fresh in the winter, and gives the outfit a more elegant feel. Counter-balanced with the cross-body bag, I like how the look became polished every day wear. What do you think?


I love a jewel toned dress for the holidays, especially when it's worn with a plush coat like this one, which was a heavenly velvet that had a cropped fur feel--just gorgeous! I also liked the little surprise pop of purple satin heels. Of course a girl needs a clutch with this look, so I tucked the long chain into the bag and voila--she has a black mini-audiere to complete the look!

The last look started with the kilt skirt which has the feel of an American Indian blanket.


In case you haven't shopped Karen Millen's line before, there is a dizzying array of knitwear to chose from, so narrowing down the top was the hardest part! I loved this versatile black and white zip cardigan that slipped easily under the streamlined moto jacket. (If I were wearing this myself I'd have a black tee under the cardigan because I always want a look under a look, and layering is the only way to deal with west coast weather changes). I could not resist putting those over-the-knee boots on my model--for those who can pull it off, it's a great way to add sleek texture! And of course, I'm always about a great bag--love this soft doctor's bag.

Would you wear a leather jacket with a skirt?

A special thank you to Bloomingdale's and Karen Millen for this fun opportunity! BTW, this impossibly tall Size 0 model is not me, but was provided along with a fashion photographer courtesy of Bloomingdale's/Karen Millen.

p.s. If you haven't yet stopped by my new street style blog, please hop over to On PCH and check it out! Today is a fab mix of plaid + Hermes done west coast style...


The Dainty Doll's House said...

Love the second and third looks, definitely something I would wear..gorgeous!! Hope you are doing well doll!! xx

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous looks!
The coats are amazing!


Closet Fashionista said...

Oh wow how exciting!I am in love with all the looks you put together! :D

Blonde hair, Blue jeans said...

i like karen millen a lot, she does great very wearable clothes

genuinstyle said...

All the looks are so stylish!

thenauticalwheeler said...

Love the looks! Especially that skirt. Also wishing I was taller so I could wear over-the-knee boots! ~jen

Bourbon&Pearls said...

How fab that you got to do this!
I don't suit leather, especially black leather so I'd have to pass on that but I love what you've put together.

classiq said...

First of all I would like to say that I really love your new blog layout, Mary Jo! Second, the first look you've put together is by far my favourite, especially the top (I like the fact that it's not stripes all over, but a little different, much more interesting) and the choice of a milky white coat for winter. I am big fan of white coats in winter and I'm shopping around for my second one. :)
And finally, the mini skirt in the last look is gorgeous! I don't wear leather jacket with skirts, but I do pair it with dresses, a mix and match that never fails to look chic and modern.
PS: I don't think I have any chance with the Hallhuber jacket, I don't think they ship outside of Germany, but I'll have to check. I never learn my lesson and end up regretting not purchasing something I really love even though it's on the spur of the moment. My instinct is usually right. :)

Danielle said...

Fab looks, I particularly love the first look, really suits you!



Alexis Grace of NorthOnHarper said...

I love the last look---- so yes I would for sure wear a leather jacket with a skirt (and I do often!). Sounds like a fun experience... kind of grown up barbies

dimitri said...

All the looks are perfect. I love this style, these colors.
It's very elegant.
Nice post Mary Jo.

Kristin H said...

Missing the Bloomingdales in Beverly Hills.
Great Combo's:)

Alexa said...

Mary Jo! I love! Great picks. There is something about white for sure...it's just so soft and elegant. And I love the riding boots!

About Last Weekend said...

Love Karen Millen, used to buy her stuff in London and still visit the San Fran store, have two great dresses from there (one won on Sat night). Love the top and bottom styling, the bottom is very Portabello sixties hip but now. Stunning

Lindsay said...

Look at you, hot stuff! Loving the green dress!

Bonnie said...

I think that a leather jacket paired with a skirt is a cool way to add an edgy look to a feminine outfit. I do it quite a bit.

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Lyosha said...

love Karen Millen and her stuff for years (I thi brand my first time 7 years ago and still a big fan)
thanks for sharing, it is stunning!

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Meta Musings said...

Wow! congrats! That must have been fun! Love the looks!



Congrats! That must have been so exciting! I'm a big fan of Karen Millen and the looks you pulled are pure perfection! Definitely pieces I would wear myself as well :)

Hope you're having a great day! xoxo

Alena: Oh, It's Just Perfect! said...

Gorgeous!! I especially love the green dress with the purple shoes--so beautiful.

Bravoe Runway said...

I love Karen Millen! I was not terribly impressed with her Summer line but for Fall this is amazing. The green dress is gorgeous! I bought my 30th birthday dress and shoes from Karen, the items are reasonable, the quality is amazing, and I love the styles!

Bad Joan said...

love these looks that you put together! so cool!


fashion and frank said...

I love a leather with a skirt and i love a paler coat i agree it is more luxurious - frankies mug providing some issues but hey since when was feeling fab all about being practical xx


the nyanzi report said...

oh my, what a great job you did. i love each look.

Mary Kapsi said...

Love your blog dear! Check out my blog and maybe we can follow each other if you like :)


Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh I agree the coats are amazing! Your blog looks awesome!! I really like the new look. Yes I think I would wear a leather jacket with a skirt!!

Eline said...

Love the looks


Claire said...

gorgeous pieces! i especially love those jackets and the stripes.


Enara Girl said...

I wear my black leather jacket with skirts and dresses too. xoxo

Hotesses accueil Lyon said...

It’s so nice I love the way the models look in these pictures its so sasy and stylish.

Sara said...

Nice photos and really nice outfits, you did a great job styling them, I love the first one the most that coat is wonderful and you have great style! Your blog is awesome by the way and I am a new follower! Hope you will like my blog and follow back!

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