Top Women of Style 2010: Karen Caldwell

Top Women of Style 2010, Karen Caldwell
Karen Caldwell in a gown she designed with Lily Samii

Fashion designer Karen Caldwell lives in the Napa Valley, though her style is vintage Hollywood. Browsing her namesake collection and personal archives of clothing and accessories from designers such as Oleg Cassini, Christian Dior, Chanel, and Cristobal Balenciaga is like stepping into the Golden Age. However, Hollywood is not Caldwell’s only style influence. Her husband, Oliver Caldwell, is a winemaker and fine art dealer, and she has worked alongside him in their New York and San Francisco art galleries since the 1990s.

Karen Caldwell is a businesswoman who embraces her glamorous side.  In 2009 she launched her own clothing line, Karen Caldwell Design, which so far includes evening gowns, dresses and suits in bold colors and retro silhouettes. She describes her clientele as “Women who have confidence in their strength and beauty.”

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Meet more of Red Carpet Bay Area’s Top Women of Style (in alphabetical order): Joy BianchiLindsay BoltonBarbara BrownKaren CaldwellPaula CaranoCarolyn ChandlerDr. Carolyn ChangJuliet de BaubignySamantha DuVallVanessa GettyAngelique GrieppHasti KashfiaStephanie MarverSonya MolodetskayaDeepa PakianathanYurie PascarellaKomal ShahSobia A. ShaikhOJ ShansbyCharlotte ShultzSarah SombergChristine SuppesElizabeth TouwKatie TrainaVicky TsaiDede WilseyVictoria Yeager