Her futuristic creations have been likened to those of André Courrèges. They have become very popular accessories, and have been worn by many celebrities, including Beyonce, Dakota Fanning, Gwen Stefani and Heidi Klum. Karen Walker glasses have also been featured in fashion magazines such as Vogue and Marie Claire because of their eccentric, futuristic designs. To read more about Karen Walker, click here.
The latest Karen Walker eyewear collection, "Forever", was inspired by four New York artists. These mature ladies who are young at heart represent the mood of the collection, which celebrates art, design, fashion and pushing the established limits of creativity. So who are these ladies who inspire this fascinating designer?
ILONA ROYCE SMITHKIN: Born in Poland, raised in Berlin, but in 1938 moved to the United States where she bagan her career as an artist. At the moment, this 92 year old redhead spends her time painting, drawing and singing songs by artists such as Marlene Dietrich and performs them for her friends.
JOYCE CARPATI: Born in New York 80 years ago, she loves the mood and energy of her hometown. During her time working for the magazine Cosmopolitan, she was surrounded by journalists and caused quite a stir because of her liberal attitude towards sex and other taboos of the era. She enjoys studying music, going to museums and meeting friends.
LINDA RODIN: This fashion stylist of 65 years believes that the most interesting person she has met in her life was Marcelo Mastroianni. She likes to collect shells from the beach and listen to artists such as Bob Dylan, Carlos Gardel and Johnn Lennon.
LYNN DELL: This 80 year old has had a fashion business just off the Broadway area for 30 years, in which she works with the same energy "as if it was the first day." She loves New York because she believes that the city "has the worst and best of everything". She also enjoys listening to Sinatra songs.
We love the provocative spirit of Karen Walker eyewear. Her futuristic glasses are not only accessories, they are objects of design with an unconventional style.
Karen Walker eyewear is for those who dare to wear it. These accessories combine the retro style with the typical space age look of the 60s. The also have an added edge - a fresh, colourful, and fun feel about them that can only have been conceived in a city as eclectic and cosmopolitan as New York.