February 15, 2001 New York
This season, Karan explored less conventional avenues with a richly textured and layered collection that could best be described as savage luxe. Relying on a relentlessly monochromatic palette, Karan sent out ravaged chiffon skirts, wide-gauge knit sweaters, tribal-inspired patchwork shearling coats, spider-web crochet overlays and severely distressed slips. Evening maintained the raw-edged motif, with gilded dresses that could've been dug out of a centuries-old treasure chest.
Those who are not adventurous enough to indulge in a post-apocalyptic Mad Max makeover will turn to Karan's take on the current equestrian theme, which included khaki cavalry jackets and wrapped riding trousers, as well as aged-leather storm coats.