It's no longer a surprise when DKNY cites New York City as a point of inspiration — "NY" is right there in the name, an integral part of the brand DNA. So finding a new spin on that can't be an easy job, but somehow Donna Karan and co. do it every season. First, the brand got innovative with the show scenery: the backdrop featured tweets from fans who tweeted @DKNY about what New York meant to them.
In terms of the clothes, the brand honed in on a borrowed-from-the-boys feel this season: there was a lot of dark suiting alongside oversized knits and coats rendered in nubby greys and camels. Shots of color and sparse dashes of bejeweled detailing provided a much-needed boost of energy. The effect was pretty on button-down shirts, where the jewels formed a military-like sash down the front of the shirt, and looked especially cool under blazers.
The footwear was good too: Athletic socks (with "DKNY" on the side, natch) paired with super-chunky heels or platform creepers added another masculine touch.
The collection can be best summed up by a line from Peaches' "Boys Wanna Be Her," which played during Sunday's runway show: "The girls wanna be her, the boys wanna be her, I wanna be her."