The Clothes: Donna Karan titled her designer collection “Sunrise, Sunset.” Whereas her contemporary line, DKNY, was inspired by the daily hustle of the city and the working girls who inhabit it, for her spring namesake collection Karan evoked the serenity of NYC–those moments when you’re entering the city by car or train and it somehow manages to seem still and calm. Dresses were at once sculpted and relaxed in a beach-y palette of greys, sandy beiges, a range of blues (including that sea foam color we’ve been seeing everywhere) and the golds and reds of a sunset. I especially loved the open apron backs on the day wear, as well as the printed silk gazar evening gowns that closed the show (oh, and look 34, the sea foam silk chiffon number with pear and sequin embroidery–I’m just counting the minutes until that lands on a red carpet). Clear lucite cuffs worn at the tops of the arms and headpieces by Stephen Jones complimented the calm and cool collection beautifully.
What the Line Sheet Said: “Inspired by the awe of coming into the city, light reflected on building and glass. The atmosphere of a shifting, dappling sun and sky. The bigger than life elements of the beach–water, sand rocks, the volumen of clouds…a collection to reflect a woman’s sensual nature with urban modernity and ease.”
The Hair & Makeup: Hair was pulled back into a messy high ponytail with the ends tucked in. Of course, it was hard to notice the hair when all the models had fuchsia rimmed eyes (even their eyelashes were painted hot pink) and it made them look other-wordly, if not a little ill.
The Soundtrack: The soaring score from Avatar (seriously, I Shazamed that shit).
The Vibe: Serene.
The Front Row: Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Ashley Greene, Bernadette Peters, Bianca Jagger, Rachael Taylor
Celebrity We’d Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Helen Mirren
WTF Moment: When we spied Grace Coddington toting a dummy copy of her memoirs and freaked out a little.