Hotting up the contemporary category, Karen Millen launched in 1981 with a loan of only £100. The young label initially began selling white shirts to their friends, and in 1983 Karen Millen would open its first store in Maidstone, Kent. Now, more than 30 years later, the brand is a major player offering tailored and modern looks at an affordable price. Personifying youthful style and blending elements of glamour, the day-time-to-play-time label has gained an impressive global following. Hero items include knitwear, structured bags and boots, timeless coats and form-fitting dresses. From peplum shapes to embellished knits and classic blazers, Karen Millen chicly covers the fashion spectrum. Creative director, Gemma Metheringham, oversees the rapidly expanding label.