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DKNY gets real: Fall 2014

A model walks the runway for the DKNY

A model walks the runway for the DKNY fall fashion show on West 26th Street in New York City on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Inspiration:  Well, of course DKNY is all about celebrating the city, but for Fall 2014 Donna Karan added something real into the mix, as in real people. To illustrate the diversity of the city, regular folks (though beautiful, interesting ones), walked her runway intermingled with model types. There was a tattoo artist, a musician and even a biologist who stalked the catwalk (and stalk they did, unsmiling like most real models), heralded first by a really clever and engaging video that showed them explaining their love of New York.  Program notes called the collection “A New York Mash Up," explaining that “New Yorkers have a zillion sides – and so does their style.”

The vibe: A packed house and excited audience wanting to get a gander at something other than those gorgeous models … but these people – though many were not classically beautiful – were compelling, too.  There was a sense of expectation, and Donna delivered.

Lust-o-meter:  Love-fest for the long faux fur vests, a cute little dress hemmed in faux fur, a slouchy black-and-white needle-punched car coat, a funky letter sweater (D, of course) paired with oversize vinyl pants, a black-and-gray tiger-printed minisuit, the fab cobalt-and-black giant hound’s-tooth print turned out on a few looks and our fave – a navy and bright-blue plaid ensemble of a swingy parka and mod little shift that we will buy next fall.

What the..?:  Dude in a knit tiger-striped skirt worn with a blazer: cute but weird.

Our take:  Solid. Salable. See ya at the store.


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