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Spring Fashion Preview

Hats off to Donna Karan! Designer mixes sexy street art and crazy chapeaus in wild runway show

Hats off to Donna Karan! Designer mixes street art and crazy chapeaus

Fashion Week spring 2015 Donna Karan Model Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss closed the Donna Karan show in a hand embroidered poplin and organza samba skirt and stretch organza bra. Photo by © Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Donna Karan spring 2015 collection look 17
Donna Karan cotton/linen paper poplin sundress. Photo courtesy of Donna Karan
Fashion Week spring 2015 designer Donna Karan for Donna Karan
Donna Karan. Photo by © Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Donna Karan spring 2015 collection look 23
Donna Karan cotton poplin blouse and stretch silk/nylon organza and linen gauze carioca skirt. Photo courtesy of Donna Karan
Donna Karan spring 2015 collection look 40
Donna Karan parchment poplin shirt and silk/nylon stretch organza and parchment linen gauze carioca evening skirt. Photo courtesy of Donna Karan
Donna Karan spring 2015 collection look 11
Donna Karan tweed cardigan and skirt. Photo courtesy of Donna Karan
Fashion Week spring 2015 Model Kendall Jenner for Donna Karan
Model Kendall Jenner wears a Donna Karan silk/nylon stretch organza top and street art printed cotton poplin pleated skirt. Photo by © Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Fashion Week spring 2015 Donna Karan Model Karlie Kloss
Donna Karan spring 2015 collection look 17
Fashion Week spring 2015 designer Donna Karan for Donna Karan
Donna Karan spring 2015 collection look 23
Donna Karan spring 2015 collection look 40
Donna Karan spring 2015 collection look 11
Fashion Week spring 2015 Model Kendall Jenner for Donna Karan

NEW YORK — Pharrell Williams would have loved the Donna Karan spring 2015 runway show. The longtime designer sent out her models in all sorts of fun hats designed by Stephen Jones — some Dr. Seuss-like toppers reached several feet high; other straw boaters are perfect for a spring day.

Karan being Karan, though, still enjoys showcasing the body — bra tops are paired with ball gown skirts or otherwise ladylike two-piece suits. 

It was a fun addition to a nice-and-easy collection with just the right amount of splash.

In recent years, Karan has traveled the world for humanitarian causes and the collection reflects influences of Haiti, Africa, India and Bali, with tribal print skirts, some with with ruffles at the hemline in samba-style fashion, colorful tweed suits in basketweave patterns and paint-splashed shirt dresses belted at the waist.

But no designer is as closely associated with New York as Karan, so many of the prints have a street art style, with graffiti scribbles inspired by such artists as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Everything has a comfortable feeling — models glided down the runway without fear of stumbling in too-tight ensembles (even the evening wear flows with long skirts that fan out below the knee). Karan being Karan, though, still enjoys showcasing the body — in this collection, bra tops are paired with ball gown skirts or otherwise ladylike two-piece suits. 

Street smart and sexy is always a good combination.