Donna Karan's fall 2013 DKNY collection closed to a mash-up of "New York, New York" and "Juicy." Everyone in the audience (myself included) couldn't help but smile as Sinatra morphed into Biggie, and as an exuberant, street smart, '90s-tinged collection walked before them.
The DKNY show notes announced that the collection "has its way with iconic classics." This came on the heels of the announcement of a re-release of classic DKNY pieces from the '90s at cool-kid central, Opening Ceremony. There were sporty staples that recalled '90s street style--we're talking oversized sweatshirt tops, anoraks, maxi skirts, varsity jackets and knit beanies--but it was all thoroughly modern, too. The sweatshirt tops were neoprene and done in color-blocked panels. The varsity jacket was done in suiting fabrics with leather sleeves--a nod to menswear inspiration which manifested in slim dress coats as well. And then there were pieces that weren't nostalgic at all: Flirty neoprene skater dresses were perfect for the TV starlets--Shay Mitchell, Holland Roden and Victoria Justice--who sat in the front row.