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DKNYSpring Summer 2015 New York

Runway Review
9/8/2014 Faith Cummings/fashionwirepress.com

Donna Karan always finds inspiration in the Big Apple for her DKNY label: a city compromised of thousands of little haunts and societies on each street and avenue. Those tribes influenced the brand's Spring collection, which like Fall featured both models and cool gals who make up the city's style scene. Prints were mixed as effortlessly as the Big Apple's cliques: kaleidoscope prints against stripes, anchored with street-ready platform sneakers and velcro strap sandals.

Karan's knack for all things sporty was shown in bomber jackets (both cropped and knee-length), stretch waistbands, and neoprene separates. At times,
the long-line boxy tops and midi and flare-hem skirts felt undeniably like Prada from a few seasons back, but were still punchy and fun.

Retro-inspired crop tops and high-waist full skirts punctuated the assortment with an unexpected sense of elegance, along with gilded embellishment and impossible-to-miss gold embossed leather. NYC is all about glitz (take the skyline for instance), thus these pieces were right in line with the heart of the city's aesthetic.

Sheer mesh infused a sense of the sultry into the collection: a continuation of the transparent pieces celebrities and style-savvy women have been embracing over the past two years. The offerings came to a close with a series of serene all-white looks that cleansed the catwalk's palette.

Function and panache were on high and it's clear that Karan is tapping into the originality and uniqueness that pours out from the street, without its wearers even realizing that they're setting trends and making waves. The inspiration here is from decades past though - no biggie as fashion comes around again and again, but those of us who lived and shopped through it cannot wait for the brand to return to the present.

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9/8/2014 Faith Cummings/fashionwirepress.com

Donna Karan always finds inspiration in the Big Apple for her DKNY label: a city compromised of thousands of little haunts and societies on each street and avenue. Those tribes influenced the brand's Spring collection, which like Fall featured both models and cool gals who make up the city's style scene. Prints were mixed as effortlessly as the Big Apple's cliques: kaleidoscope prints against stripes, anchored with street-ready platform sneakers and velcro strap sandals.

Karan's knack for all things sporty was shown in bomber jackets (both cropped and knee-length), stretch waistbands, and neoprene separates. At times,
the long-line boxy tops and midi and flare-hem skirts felt undeniably like Prada from a few seasons back, but were still punchy and fun.

Retro-inspired crop tops and high-waist full skirts punctuated the assortment with an unexpected sense of elegance, along with gilded embellishment and impossible-to-miss gold embossed leather. NYC is all about glitz (take the skyline for instance), thus these pieces were right in line with the heart of the city's aesthetic.

Sheer mesh infused a sense of the sultry into the collection: a continuation of the transparent pieces celebrities and style-savvy women have been embracing over the past two years. The offerings came to a close with a series of serene all-white looks that cleansed the catwalk's palette.

Function and panache were on high and it's clear that Karan is tapping into the originality and uniqueness that pours out from the street, without its wearers even realizing that they're setting trends and making waves. The inspiration here is from decades past though - no biggie as fashion comes around again and again, but those of us who lived and shopped through it cannot wait for the brand to return to the present.


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