NEW YORK — Donna Karan likes to infuse her DKNY line with a New York attitude, but her fall collection seems well-suited for the All-American girl wherever she may aspire to be.
As models walked the runway, an electronic screen played syrupy tweets from Karan's followers, who answered the question "What is New York?......" with such replies as "....a place where people from all over fit in and feel welcomed no matter what" and "......grit and glamour, glitter and guts." But no one got to the heart of the real fashion certainty: "New York is ....a city where everyone wears black and nothing but black."
Karan broke the "all black" stereotype as models showcased sweaters in pop colors and classic coats bedazzled with sequins and jeweled stones.
Karan broke the "all black" stereotype as models showcased sweaters in pop colors — electric blue, bright red, deep purple and turquoise — and classic coats bedazzled with spangly sequins and jeweled stones on lapels or cascading down sleeves.
It wasn't until toward the end of the collection that Karan sent out a few all-black ensembles, and even those looks were more interesting than usual, with mesh cutouts, net inserts, asymmetric hemlines, textured faux fur and jeweled stones in belted patterns.
As usual, Karan featured sharp menswear tailoring in coats, jackets and trousers. Funnel neck sweaters stylishly ward off the cold and sculpted jersey dresses in two-tone shades hug the body.
Karan labels the collection her "New York uniform," but we think it has much broader appeal with so many colors and glittery styles. But when the designer came out to take her runway style, what was she wearing?
All-black, of course.