Donna Karan’s Spring 2010 RTW collection was “inspired by the power of the elements: sky, water, wind, sand, earth, and fire” and it certainly showed. Models appeared to have clothes float across and caress their body in a minimal but highly wearable color palette of grey, blush, white and red.
The collection featured soft skirtsuits and draped dresses that were classically inspired, but had a modern edge. Elements of surprise were built into the dresses, as sheer panels revealed just enough of the curve of the model’s arms and legs to entice viewers, while ingenious and meticulous draping leaves an intense impression coming and going.
There wasn’t much about this collection that I didn’t like. The draping and fabric choices are exquisite and the design of every piece allows your body to be the star of the show. Crinkled linens, sheer gauzes and matte jerseys are twisted, fitted and draped to gracefully accentuate the many beautiful curves of a woman’s body, from her shoulders down to her ankles. The inspired color palette lets your natural skin tone to be the ultimate accessory. You can’t wear these pieces and not feel sexy, sophisticated, feminine and of course fashionable!
Launched in 1989, DKNY continues to be the standard bearer for secondary and contemporary collections worldwide. Living up to the branding, “It’s not just about clothes. It’s about a lifestyle,” the Spring 2010 RTW collection, “City in Bloom,” features neutrals, greys, pinks, reds and black set against florals, camos and graffiti prints that are both urban and feminine.
There’s something for everyone in this collection: dresses, cuffed shorts, pegged pants, suits, rompers, skirts and bathing suits were all featured on the runway in bright, but not overwhelming colors. There’s enough print, color and attitude for the pieces to remain staples in your own collection long after spring has passed.
Perhaps the most surprising (and I’m sure there will be critics who scoff at the very idea) addition to the DKNY Spring collection was the appearance of Smoothies, a glammed up name for what the masses used to call biker shorts. Flashes of pink, black and neutral all showed up underneath shorts, rompers and shifts on the runway. While it remains to be seen just how consumers respond to this shorter alternative to leggings and tights, the funky fusion of florals, bold colors and graffiti prints that are at the heart of the collection will surely find a welcome home in many wardrobes this year.
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