I had no idea Karen Millen existed in Manila until my friends at Suyen Corporation told me about it a couple of weeks ago. The Suyen group (same as my Bench family) invited me to visit the new Karen Millen shop at Bonifacio High Street Central. It is located inside the mini air-conditioned mall. You may access it from the side of Jamba Juice. Go past a few luxury watch stores and then you’re there.
Karen Millen is a British women’s designer clothing brand that retails in stand alone stores and concessions all over the world, now including Manila. Unlike typical high street fashion brands, Karen Millen leans towards the luxury side. The dresses don’t come cheap. But they do go on sale seasonally, like now. These are dresses that are so meticulously made – flawless construction. Everything I tried on was beautiful. There was so much attention to detail – extra hidden zippers and closures in areas that you don’t expect – the clothes look like they’re custom-made. The British really know their tailoring.
At the fitting room on the second floor, I tried on the most feminine and well-tailored dresses. I loved how well they fit! At first I was shocked with the sizing, thinking “did I gain weight?” But then it dawned on me that UK sizes are much smaller than US sizes.
Karen Millen’s current fall collection is now in the Bonifacio High Street Central shop. These were some of the pieces I tried on. I ended up with two pretty dresses. I can’t really show you which one until I’ve worn them. Hint, one of them is in these photos below.
The lookbook shows a more youthful street vibe in the styling. When in the past, Karen Millen was known for its feminine dresses and tailored leather jackets, this season Karen Millen plays with a lot of separates. I’m also loving their suits. But it’s really the fabric and construction that stood out to me. One of my favourite bloggers, Kelly Framel of The Glamourai styles some of Karen Millen’s new looks here.
Check out Karen Millen at Bonifacio High Street Central.