Karen Lanza graduated in Womanswear Design with both Woven and Knitwear at Kingston University in 2016.
Her Graduate Collection is based on the blue hour, a time in the morning and evening during winter in Norway. Different shades of blue create a calming backdrop to the bold, rugged mountains and fjords. This collection captures this juxtaposition through texture, fabric and form. Cherishing traditional craft such as felting, knitwear, and inspiration from the Norwegian national suit, this collection catches the beauty of the Norwegian history.
With an international background, her parents being from Norway and France, it has encouraged a different outlook on her life and design, to experience a diverse range of cultures and using this as a source of inspiration in her work. Karen is passionate of the future of fashion and its role to have a positive impact on society, whilst maintaining a creative influence on everyday life.
Today Karen is working as a Junior Designer at L.K.Bennett, designer all jersey.
Thank you to all help on the Graduate Collection 2016:
Photographer: Simon Serigstad
Graphic Design: Emma Young & Frøydis Hanssen-Bauer
Model: Bronte Epsom
Make up artist: Lauren Vinall-Morgan Yarn
Viking Garn (Norway)
Rauma Ull (Norway)