I’ve not so much drank the Karen Mabon Kool-Aid as downed the whole bottle. From falling in love with a little designer called Red Brick’s designs in Edinburgh back in 2012, to getting her to design my wedding in invites (yes, really) my love for Karen Mabon’s work knows no bounds.
Her latest collection “Nowhere to go but Everywhere” once more immerses you in Mabon’s colourful, eclectic and fanciful universe that’s jam-packed with details. Inspired by wanderlust, fancy dress and far-flung trips around the world, the latest collection escapes the confines of the teenage bedroom for her previous collection and into a world of high-octane adventure.
“Nowhere to go but Everywhere” takes us from the streets of New York to the wild west then straight to the National Ballet. The real hero piece for me however in this collection has got to be the puppies in costumes. From little lobster poochies to actual hot dogs, it’s a sure fire way to any animal lovers heart.
Karen Mabon is without a doubt one of the most talented and exciting young designers working in fashion right now. With a collaboration with Dawn O’Porter (yes, the Karen trousers are named after her since you asked) and shortlisted for this years Scottish Fashion Awards, Karen Mabon is getting ready to blow up in a big way. Her scarves are the epitome of wearable art and you’ll find once you’ve had one, you’ll fast want to have them all. This is one designer you definitely want to get behind.
Photos by David Anderson