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. They sat next to each other just a few inches away from me in the front row (Only during fashion week is it normal to just be sitting on a bench with Alice Cullen and Elena Gilbert). We wonder if they talked about being vampires.
Thanks to their successful roles as blood-sucking demons (we know Elena isn't technically a vampire, but Katherine Pierece is!!), both starlets have become red carpet regulars and we doubt there's been a single worst dressed moment between them. While she may be a red carpet veteran already, this is a first fashion week for Dobrev, who we could totally see wearing any of the flirty-yet-tough dresses shown on the runway. Her thoughts on fashion week so far? "It’s really intense and a lot of flashing lightbulbs!" Indeed.
We also chatted with Greene, star of DKNY's latest ad campaign, whose stylist Cristina Ehrlich was nearby. "I really love this family feel that Donna has a with everyone else and that DKNY has as a whole," she began when I asked her why she chose to work with DKNY. "I want to be able to be fashionable but comfortable and its not realistic sometimes with what some designers make, the expectations they have." Their relationship began when Karan made her a dress for the Met ball last year. "We got into a conversation about whether or not DKNY would be a great fit for me and for DKNY as well." Clearly, it was, as that relationship will continue. She confirmed that she's about to shoot the campaign for next season and will be attending the Met ball again this year and Donna is creating "another incredible gown" for her.
Gowns aside, click through to see the whole collection!