Continuing on our way through some of fashion’s finest press days Catherine and I went yesterday to view Karen Millen’s Christmas 2009 party pieces, plus we got a preview of the Spring 2010 collection.

Taking notes from runway collections the Karen Millen line continues to cater for a modern, fashion-focused woman. The designs are well-made and certainly worth their affordable price-tags.

First up the evening wear which was predominantly black and full of heavy embellishment and diamante detailing. The dresses are all really different, which was great as each one offered something alternate. Long and short lace sleeves were used to complement an otherwise basic dress design with a small fishtail added on the back which was an elegant touch. An asymmetric piece stood out with it’s coordinated frills traveling down the front creating beautiful soft lines in a fully feminine way.

A seasonal favourite- the sequin- was not amiss here either. I was more than glad to see shoulders and necklines covered in them. Like a magpie I quickly felt favouritism kicking in with a blue sequin cropped jacket and some black diamante encrusted shoes. The perfect accompaniment to dress up any outfit and timely for the oncoming festivities.

Another key piece was the light blue-grey jumpsuit with padded shoulder detail. If androgyny is more your thing, teaming this all-in-one with a pair of killer heels and some chunky accessories could look pretty hot.

I love the combination of tough and not-so-tough. When done well it has such an impact and yesterday Karen Millen’s display combined some pieces that contrasted strikingly. A section of black and grey apparel was set out with hints of nude and salmon with a quality leather jacket layered over a soft pink floor-length gown. A lot of fashion shoots have adopted this look recently and it’s clear to see why.

Further into the showroom were more playful designs like the nautical striped blazer and comfy jersey tops showing Karen Millen’s laid-back side. The denim that fitted in here is a huge seller bringing heaps of custom to the brand- they have it all from black through blue to bleached.

Even though the weather is gloomy right now, don’t let it dampen your wardrobe. Jewel-inspired brights are just around the corner and sure to enliven an outfit or two. Block colours; orange, purple, fuschia and lime create happy-looking shirts and blouses and a pansy-print dress amongst the lot for spring inspiration!