DKNY Fall 2012: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Report!

February 13, 2012


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[I]f Valentino has cornered the market on the color red, Donna Karan quite clearly owns black. A favorite go-to collection for the chic working woman, her Fall 2012 collection doesn’t disappoint. Screaming “New York” and filled with edge and power and sleekness this smart collection is one of the best I’ve seen in years for fall.

dkny leather sleeved dress mohair sweater leather skirt

Wide, pointed-edged belts and leather everything were stand out details. Points of softness were found in oversized sweaters or furs over flippy mini skirts, but legs were opaque and shoes were tough boots and thick heeled pumps.

fuschia dress navy leather skirt and sweater burgundy fur belted

Splashes of color were there, but not the lead story. I especially loved black’s favorite fraternal twin, navy, having a monochromatic moment in leather and coordinating sweater. The ever-present burgundy having a moment here as well – but luxe in a fur coat with croc-embossed sleeves.

leather high-waisted mini skirt

Personally, I fell over at these two looks. It’s great to see a collection that gives the warm-climate girl some stunning fall options. Living in Houston, fall means something different down here and while in my head I live in New York, my closet must reflect something a bit different to survive the frustrating balmy days we see even in October.

DKNY’s high waisted mini skirt is on my “must have” list. Coats, while fabulous, are not always an option for fall down here, but a miniskirt is always possible. Paired with a lightweight fitted turtleneck, opaque tights and boots this look easily translates to warmer climates.

The great middle ground is the dress with leather sleeves (if the wool is not too heavy). Clearly an “at the office” option, I think it might also look fantastic with a pair of slim, knee-high boots.

Likewise on the furry sweater bottom-right. Sweaters are easy to wear when it finally gets cold, but rarely will you see one layered under a coat here. We may have to wait until late December or January to pull this out, but this piece is great over a skirt, pants or jeans. I especially love the styling with a lightweight long-sleeved shirt underneath.

Brava, Donna. A standout collection.

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