Karen Mabon – The Magic in the Mundane

From teddy bear picnics to panther birthday parties, Karen Mabon’s illustrative designs have always veered toward the fanciful.  And while her designs continue to have a dreamlike quality (who else could imagine a wedding party entirely comprised of cats) –…

Karen Mabon: The Collectors

Karen Mabon‘s designs have always benefited from a “more is more” aesthetic.  From full blown fairytales told across hand rolled Italian silk to captured moments from backstage at beauty pageants on tea dresses, Mabon’s approach to her work has a…

Karen Mabon: Ludid Dreams

Karen Mabon has always traded in the surreal with a touch of magical realism. The Edinburgh based designer has a real talent for making the mundane fantastical and it should come as no surprise that I’m a bit of a…

Karen Mabon: Today is Your Lucky Day

How much is too much Karen Mabon? Trick question guys. When it comes to this Edinburgh designer, the limit does not exist. At least if you’ve got any commitment to the kitsch, weird and wonderful. So basically anyone with a…

I Don’t Think You’re Ready for These Jellies

Sun Jellies live in that beautiful grey area where you’re not quite sure if it’s some elaborate kitchy home wear or a handbag. The easy answer is of course, both. The vintage inspired bags, made entirely of recycled plastic read as…

Karen Mabon: On a clear day you can see forever

Like all great love affairs, mine with Karen Mabon started with an obsession. One that over the years hasn’t been for letting up. While Mabon’s sleepwear is due to drop this week, her A/W collection is now available and it’s…

Karen Mabon: Rosebud

Panda parties, cats in fancy dress, and the garden of Eden, they may not seem the likeliest of bedfellows but all play a part in Karen Mabon’s latest collection “Rosebud.” Mabon isn’t a stranger to surrealism with Panther Birthday’s and…

A Gift Guide for Your Cutie Pie of a BFF

Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of the year. I love putting up the tree, buying in advent calenders, making up stockings and yeah, buying and wrapping gifts. My favourite people to buy for? My best girls of…

Karen Mabon: Nowhere to go but Everywhere

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…