New York Fashion Week: DKNY and Donna Karan A/W 11

One designer, two shows; each on completely different ends of the fashion spectrum.



DKNY wast the first of Donna Karan’s collections to be shown at New York Fashion week.  Named ‘New York Mods’, the young, casual collection begun with sharp tailoring in blocks of white, black and grey.  The mod theme was carried through with striped sweaters, crombie coats, peter pan collars and porkpie hats.

There were beautifully cut capes which sat delicately on the shoulders and two genius reinvention of the puffa jacket; red ribbed knit and insanely bright pink and orange houndstooth print.

The collection was hugely wearable and the off-beat colour combinations made for interesting looks, I can definitely see some uptown New Yorkers wearing these looks come Autumn.

Donna Karen on the other hand was in an entirely different league.  The collection evoked the old-fashioned glamour of Hollywood icons, with a palette of smoke-grey, dove blue, blush pink and taupe.

Donna Karan A/W 11

Donna Karan A/W 11

The neutral colour scheme meant that real attention could be paid to the shapes and drape of the garments.  Every look had a nipped in waist, sometimes cinched in with a skinny belt, draped dresses hugged the figure and pretty blouses were paired with luxurious mohair pencil skirts.

The lady-like looks were accompanied with neat top knots (very Grace Kelly) tonal tights and court shoes, along with long fur-trimmed gloves and pearls made by jeweller Erickson Beamon.

The collection finished with some show-stopping evening dresses that wouldn’t look out of place on the Oscar’s red carpet.


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