For Spring 2013, Karen Walker's running theme was outer space. While that may sound a little more techy geek than usual for Walker, never fear. This play on the intergalactic came by way of the '50s and '60s, when, you know, people thought that we'd be whizzing around in jet packs and rocket shoes by now. It's actually pretty sweet to think about.
Thus, these were clothes that came infused with brightness, yes, but also a bit of nostalgia. Silhouettes were midcentury and sweet, with bell sleeves, ruffles, and prim little collars, while planetary prints, metallic-coated leather, and floating layers of organza hinted at celestial travels. But despite this collection's focus on a retro notion of the future, it still managed to feel thoroughly rooted in today.