February 10, 2014 New York
But don't call it a retrospective. More than anything, Karan said, it was a tribute to the city that made her: New York. That came across in the monochrome color palette—all black, gray, red, and white, with not a print in sight—as well as in her emphasis on sharp tailoring. She may be famous for the bodysuit, but Karan has always loved a jacket, and she didn't stint on them here. The best came with a crossover lapel buttoned at the collar and a leather belt cinching the waist. Karan avoided pants almost entirely, using thigh-high suede boots as stand-ins, and focused her efforts on skirts, often of the sheer variety. That was a puzzling choice, but luckily there was plenty to keep your attention on those jackets. Most fabulously: needle-punched cutouts and black jet beading designed to evoke the glinting lights of the city skyline.
All the while, photographer Steven Sebring's 360-degree images of a Donna Karan-clad body dancing and emoting played in the background. A body in motion tends to stay in motion.