When DKNY hit the scene 25 years ago the year was 1988. The Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" had just been released, so it was a fitting way to start off this awesomely nostalgic anniversary collection. And like the song, the clothes had a fearlessly fun 'I don't give a f*ck' attitude to them. Because what could be more New York than that?
The collection that came down the runway yesterday was a kind of hit parade from DKNY's last 25 years, with a focus on the early ones: There were overalls (the baggy kind with the hammer hook that we actually wore in the early '90s); a heavy dose of logomania (while it's on trend this season, DKNY's one of the labels that started it all); sporty anoraks in bright reds and blues; boxy trench coats and boyfriend blazers; neoprene dresses with flared skirts; and a bandana print that played out on dresses, sweaters, coats and maillots.
And while DKNY nabbed supers like Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls and Chanel Iman to walk the show, they brought in a ringer to close it out. Campaign girl Rita Ora danced down the runway, flipping her hair, smiling ear-to-ear as the Beastie Boys blasted through the speakers once again: "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" An apt note to end on, as the whole show felt like one big party.