Fashion: Karen Millen Atelier Leather with Selfridges. Part One.

by Sasha Wilkins on February 3, 2014 · 10 comments

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When I was fifteen there was nothing I wanted in my wardrobe more than a leather biker jacket. To me it represented the pinnacle of cool; the ultimate statement to go with my eight hole DMs and Wedding Present T shirt. Sadly for my indie kid dreams, the purchase of one was far beyond my fiscal means, and it would take another twenty years for the purchase of a biker jacket to be a realistic investment.

I just wish I had factored in that during those twenty years my body shape would change from skinny teen to curvy grown up  and that now, two dress sizes bigger, the biker jacket I longed for back then doesn’t actually look very good on me.That’s because a  biker was originally designed for men: no space for bosoms, and cut with a boxy shape that doesn’t flatter any kind of female curve.

So when Karen Millen asked me to design my own biker jacket, one that would be to my exact specifications, to celebrate the launch of  their Atelier Leather with Selfridges, I was a very, very happy lady.

The leather jacket has become an iconic Karen Millen piece. Reinvented each season in the finest, Italian drum-dyed leathers, from quintessentially cool black to seasonal trend-led finishes, it sums up their house codes…effortless, urban fashion.

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The Atelier Leather is taking the Karen Millen leather jacket one step further: for just four weeks Karen Millen customers can create a personal take on the signature KM leather jacket, with their own choice of leather, shape and hardware. So that’s exactly what I got to do a few weeks back.

I started by choosing the colour and texture: There are  twelve premium leathers to choose from and, as a  creature of habit, I went for black, but switched it up with a textured leather.  Then I needed to decide on the cut, picking from a classic biker, long-line biker or bomber. I chose the long line, because I am quite high waisted, and generous of bosom, so this gave me a really flattering shape.

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The final choice was to choose the trims. There are four metalware finishes ranging from silver, gold, rose gold to black, a plethora of lining colours, and several  zip sizes to choose from. I decided to go black on black, with matt metalware, and a beige lining to contrast.

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I wore my jacket for the first time on Saturday night, with a silk tunic and ankle boots, and realised that it is the perfect transitional piece: it’s warm enough to cover up outside, but not so bulky that you can’t wear it indoors.

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The Karen Millen ‘Atelier Leather’ will run in Selfridges from 3rd February 2014 for four weeks. Appointments can be made in Selfridges or by email at atelierleather@karenmillen.co.uk

This sponsored post has been written in association with Karen Millen.

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