Donna Karan called her 2012 pre-fall collection “Wo-Man,” breaking apart the word to emphasize the masculine. Donna Karan’s line sheets are always awesome, so we’ll quote directly: “Back to the beginning, and into the future, punctuating the masculine with the feminine, empowering her unique wo-manhood with ease and sophistication tailored to embrace the world.”
Sounds lofty but it was all there: A dressed-up elegant collection with a masculine edge and emphasis on tailoring, allowing for some red carpet-ready high-drama evening dresses to round it all out. Streamlined cutaway jackets were paired with slim trousers or slashed skirts. The tuxedo is sleekly reinterpreted for the city streets in Karan’s hands–jackets go long or are embellished at the hips. A muted palate kept things looking very urban, very New York city–in a good way (you can never have enough grey and navy). But it wasn’t all wo-man. High waisted skirts cinched with wide belts and bows and origami like evening dresses were decidedly feminine. Mark that navy blue stunner at the end–because you’ll be seeing on the red carpet (probably on Ashley Greene) in a matter of months.
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Photos: Courtesy Donna Karan