May 21, 2012 New York
The Fall DKNY collection was full of tough, croc-stamped leather, but the new Resort lineup took a softer approach to the skin, courtesy of motorcycle jackets and pencil skirts in pastel shades of lemon and ballet pink. With its monochromatic color scheme, a cropped bomber, tunic, and tapered pants combo looked particularly on trend. As is expected of Donna Karan's younger line, there was plenty of flirtatiousness going on here. A sheer black party frock, for example, had tiers of feathers and lace and a bedazzled neckline—no jewelry required. A chiffon shirtdress with accordion pleats at the skirt came in a sweet trompe l'oeil lace print. And a fun zebra trumpet skirt was shown paired with a matching silk color-blocked button-up. You can imagine dancing until the early hours in those numbers, but the savvy design team is careful always to include looks that customers can wear to the office, too. Case in point: a clever pair of high-waisted trousers with a satin, cummerbundlike roll-down detail. They recalled the latest Donna Karan runway, which was entirely menswear-inspired, all the way up to those jaunty Stephen Jones mini fedoras.
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