Karen James-Welton aka Fabulous Miss K is a fashion stylist specializing in vintage, blogger, writer, fashion show co-ordinator and lifetime vintage wearer. She styles fashion editorials, writes for a number of publications on the subject on how to get vintage style, presents a regular vintage series on Mustard TV.
She has co-ordinated the vintage show as part of Norwich Fashion Week for the past 4 years, presented a vintage show at Spitafields Market, worked with Vintage Life and Norwich Resident magazines.
Karen has made her career in the fashion industry working as a stylist and personal shopping in London, Paris including working with Vivienne Westwood and now runs a style and shopping consultancy in her home city of Norwich where lives in a house full of vintage and collectables and her husband of 18 years who thankfully shares her passion for all things vintage.
She has recently launched her “Vintage for Everyone” mini magazine, with a mission to encourage everyone to wear vintage not just for fancy dress or a themed event but as part of their everyday wardrobe, and is working on a book advising how to bring a touch of vintage and showcasing how you can wear it for every occasion.
Vintage clothing is having a bit of a moment – with vintage shops on every corner, websites selling “old” stuff. Years ago it was the of students and those into an alternative lifestyle that were buying it but now it has become mainstream. Programes such as Sex and the City, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung and other fashionista’s wearing 2nd hand clothes it has become another way of dressing – charity shops where old clothes once went to die are the “go to” shopping destination.
As soon as long as I can remember I have had a passion for fashion – the styles, fabrics and patterns have always held a fascination for me – wanting to wear the creations that in the pages of the glossy magazines led me to vintage and charity shops as my budget didn’t run to designer.
My everyday wardrobe is a mixture of vintage, designer and high street trends – I love mixing it up and creating my own individual style – the vintage element means I am making a nod to the trends but with one off pieces that no-one else will have.
Written by: Karen James Welton
Profile picture: Kerry Curl
Pictures: Luminoso Studios
All clothes: Retreat Vintage
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