5 Minutes With Gemma Metheringham, Chief Creative Officer Of Karen Millen

Karen Millen's Chief Creative Officer reveals her love for the brand

Gemma Metheringham

Gemma Metheringham.

Tell us more about the new collection.

We call it the new pretty: Three is a sense of lightness and femininity, the collection is strewn with lace,floral and a hint of vintage. There is a also a nod to the bohemian traveller , and we’ve contrasted that with new tailoring proportions,relaxed silhouettes and graphic stripes alongside bold pops of neon.

How has the past decade at the helm been like for you?

I’ve learnt an incredible amount by being part of an international business that’s also inspiration. i think design constantly evolves – but the fundamental commitment to crafting beautiful fashion investment pieces remain the same every day.

Karen Millen

Inside the Karent Millen atelier.

What do you think of social media’s impact of fashion?

I think it’s really interesting on both a personal an professional level! I’m a fan of watching how people style themselves. I love the MYKM social community we’ve created for Karen Millen: and I love the way it makes fashion more instant, accessible and shareable.

What’s your first memory of fashion?

I think I was five and lying on the bed watching my mother and aunt try on crochet knit dresses and fabulous patent buckle boots. I thought they were so glamorous.

Karen Millen

Workmanship is a core component at Karen Millen.

And who are some of your style influences?

I’m particularly drawn to strong women confident in their own style: Lauren Hutton, Annie Lennox, Katherine Hepburn, Angelica Houston… The designer I admire most is Miuccia Prada – She’s constantly changing, moving forward and challenging the boundaries of fashion while being committed  to the artistry and craftsmanship of fashion.


Style star Caroline de Maigret appears in Karen Milen’s campaign.

By Gerald Tan

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