Show report: Donna Karan A/W’12

Boy meets girl was the dominant theme at Donna Karan on day five of New York Fashion Week

Boy meets girl was the dominant theme at Donna Karan on day five of New York Fashion Week.

Karan gave us a hint of what was to come with the show’s title ‘WoMan.’ Opening looks concentrated on men’s tailoring, but it wasn’t just limited to pinstripe suits. Karan took the theme and incorpoarated it into dresses and coats, folding and tucking wool to give it a feminine curve.

Similar to Peter Som’s show, Donna Karan’s collection brought to mind Marlene Dietrich and other film noir femme fatales. Karan made clever use of the traditional male cumberand – starting out as a silk belt, it was eventually transformed as a neckline detail on an evening dress.

Crediting architecture as one of her main sources of inspiration, it was easy to see its influence in the collection’s sculpted and linear feel with nipped in waists, double-breasted coats and straight-leg trousers. The simple colour palette of blacks and greys was broken up with crimsons and murky bronzes.

Watching the models stomping to Whitney Houston’s ‘I’m Every Woman’ for the finale, it was clear that there was something from this collection that every woman would love.

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