December 13, 2009 New York
DKNY's tightly focused pre-fall collection is heavy on classic American staples. In the lineup: a great khaki trench, ultra-soft unlined twill blazers, and a lightweight silk bomber jacket. "Less is more," said the label's senior vice president of design, Andrew Comley. That doesn't mean he played it safe, though. "I wanted a balance between timeless sportswear and a bit of novelty," he explained. Because the DKNY girl loves a good print, he created a graphic take on argyle for a georgette drop-waist frock; a more subtle version of the pattern livened up a jacquard coat. Even more playful were the navy and red nautical stripes and anchor motifs. The contemporary brand is about to come of age—yes, it'll turn 21 next year—but its MO remains the same: wearable basics with a hint of fun.
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