In her show notes, Donna Karan referenced her late husband, the sculptor Stephan Weiss. She said he was inspiring and guiding her to “sculpt the body with expression.” And the looks Karan sent out for her fall 2013 collection were certainly sculpted to the body.
As Style.com’s Nicole Phelp’s quickly noted with a tweet mid-show, this collection paid homage to the “seven easy pieces” concept Karan launched her collection with in 1985. The foundation for this collection was the body hugging jersey dress over which capes (also jersey) were assymetrically draped. A parka or suit jacket or fur stole could also be thrown on top of this key number to dress it up or down for any occasion. That flexibility is important for Karan’s quintessential New York power woman. Even if there wasn’t much variety to this collection (the limited color palette stuck to earthy tones ranging from black to rust) the message was clear: All you need is one versatile dress, and you’re ready for whatever New York will throw at you next.