I’m about to out myself as a total psycho.
I’m totally obsessed with Karen from Californication. Not just her style, although that’s definitely a draw.
The costume director on Showtime’s Californication proved, through his/her brilliant, formulaic dressing of Karen, that costumes can shape a character as effectively as dialogue. In a sea of beautiful LA women in over-styled looks, tight clothes, and couture, she holds fast. And in a sea of beautiful LA women, she’s the one Hank wants most. I just dig her.
A collection of button-up shirts + 1 jean blazer + 1 tan leather jacket + 1 boho blouse + flare jeans + 1 pair clogs + 3 belts + 1 caftan + 1 gold pendant, 1 turquoise pendant + 1 filmy vintage dress + 1 pair aviator sunglasses + vintage rock t-shirts + 3 colored scarves + 1 hat = effortless. All you need.
Allow me to post a completely indulgent retrospective of Karen’s looks from Season 1.
[Forgive crappy screenshots. And thank you, Netflix.]
“You’re running for the hills.”
via Hank’s flashbacks:
A little pre-wedding joint in a cotton kimono, and incredible wedding day jewelry:
In the midst of the move, I’ve become so much more interested in simplifying my life—less clothes, one shampoo, one perfume, one book at a time, my signature shell pendant, a simple jar of Bic pens; only what I need, less of what I don’t.
Maybe I’m reading into this too much; even if it is just due to the limited budget of a debut season of a cable TV show, the simple formula of her look is something I’m gravitating toward. It’s perfectly conceived. And totally inspiring.
p.s. I made a little Karen-inspired Polyvore set: