Donna Karan called her fall 2011 DKNY show "New York Mods." It was an apt title considering the "modernists" inspired show featured sleek city looks in a palette of black, cream and navy infused with shots of color for looks that were distinctly New York: cool without trying too hard. And if you needed any confirmation that this show was for New York girls, a neon sign that read "Something New York," blazed along the back wall. Karan's models looked pulled together, but effortlessly so, their hair just a little bit mussed in that sexy bed-head way. Her city girls aren't necessarily trying to push the envelope--they like their black skinny pants (but will wear them in red or camel) and pair them with a silk blouse and they'll go girly in a black lace long-sleeved minidress with a contrast peter pan collar in white or a colorblocked pleated georgette minidress. Karan's take on the cape is the editor's cape realized (a blazer draped over one's shoulders): they are tailored like a men's blazer with contrast "sleeves." Usually I'm not a fan of puffer coats (I like my coats to be as slimming as possible at the expense of keeping me warm), but Karan's version-cropped and knit in bright colors--was a fresh take with lots of appeal. **All photos: IMAXTREE
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DKNY Fall 2013: Throwback
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.
Honor Fall 2011: Bound Movement
Honor designer Giovanna Randall burst onto the New York fashion scene in a big way. The med school dropout just showed her second collection and her first ever runway show--but when Alexa Chung is sitting front row, you know you're making the right kind of buzz. And the collection lived up to the hype. We were already big fans of Honor's ultra feminine and dreamy aesthetic after her first presentation last season, and her fall 2011 collection confirmed our love. It was elegant and thoughtful and luxe with a '70s vibe that wasn't overbearing. Pants were flowy and wide-legged, paired with tunic tops with a thick belt. Long sleeved column dresses that were cinched at the waist billowed as the models walked (my personal favorite). Even though most looks were paired with adorable Repetto oxfords or patent loafers, the clothes made each already tall and thin model look taller and thinner. In fact, the skirts that hit just above the ankle looked even chicer because they were paired with flats. The color palette shifted in blocks from muted in putties and black at the start to a shock of raspberry on printed tent minidresses with deep pockets followed by rich emerald on a coat and in chiffon dresses to finish the show. When I spoke with Randall after the show to ask how she felt she said she could sum up her feelings about the show in three words: "A fucking miracle."
DKNY Fall 2012: New York Moments With Ashley Greene and Nina Dobrev
As you may recall, last fashion week fell on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. Many designers respectfully paid homage to the tragedy and Donna Karan, designer of quintessentially New York brands, was no exception. When her models hit the runway against a the backdrop of a cab parked in the middle of 26th street, we mentioned the stunt would have been just as fitting had DKNY showed any other day, not just 9/11/11. And we were right. She did the same thing again this season. It was just a little colder this time. Luckily, this was an unmistakably fall collection and she was nice enough pair all dresses and skirts with opaque tights--a realistic decision for a realistic collection. As the models walked inside from the sidewalk, they looked like they could have been any New Yorker walking in from the cold. That's what DKNY is all about--cool clothes that real girls can and will actually wear. Favorites included a floral suit that looked strangely wearable, a deep burgundy fur and leather coat and a black figure-flattering off-the shoulder cocktail dress. Of course, celebrities will wear these clothes too, like Ashley Greene and Nina Dobrev.
Michael Kors Fall 2011: Native New Yorker
(Warning: it's the end of fashion week and I'm sleep deprived and sappy and here is my love letter to Michael Kors.) There are certain things that make you love New York because they're just so New York. Like a perfectly timed subway transfer, taking in an old movie at Film Forum, flagging down a dim sum cart at Golden Unicorn, digging into a pastrami on rye at Katz's, or a Michael Kors runway show. Especially his fall 2011 collection, which also happens to mark his 30th anniversary in the fashion world. To celebrate his 30 years in the biz, Kors sent out a collection that embodied his brand of effortless, casual glamor, though there was an emphasis on the '70s to be sure. Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," was the soundtrack, and there were disco sparkles and draped jersey dresses that hinted of Halston.