NEW YORK — Donna Karan is a woman of many moods. Her spring 2014 collection opens with a casual denim vibe (although the fabrics are linen, stretch silk and jersey) and ends with languid brown and rust-colored evening gowns better suited for lounging around the mansion. There's certainly something in the varied collection for just about every woman — if the unforgiving stretch fabric doesn't work on the average woman's body, there are plenty of nifty white cotton blouses that can be worn with jeans or a suit.
There's certainly something in the varied collection for just about every woman.
The opening looks resemble a Ralph Lauren Santa Fe scene with a canvas-laced denim skirt worn with a big brown belt, oversized chambray shirts and a stunning indigo hand-painted python jacket. It's hard to find a woman who would look chic in the floppy hats shown with many of the outfits — even model-of-the-moment Karlie Kloss couldn't pull it off — but the jagged stone jewelry could easily fit into any wardrobe.
The collection has a lot of separates — in addition to the crisp white shirts and a killer-looking white shirt dress, it features embroidered skirts in varying lengths and styles and a range of coats, from a printed black and brown cotton trench to a brown leather below-the-knee coat with black appliques — that can be mixed and matched in many different ways or worn with what's already in the closet for a chic city wardrobe.
Karan was her own best advertisement for her clothes when she came out at the end of the show in a brown trench coat with graphic print scarf, black stretch jersey dress with a big brown belt, stone necklace and large leather tote.
Now, that's how a powerful, confident woman dresses.