fall collections, new york: donna karan

by Jeremy Danté

stoned greys ruled the FW11 color palette of donna karan. models walked the runway with a soft powder pink lip & more sophistication was felt this season with a familiar style direction. with the high bunned hairstyles, signature donna karan drapping, sleeved dresses & use of fur the collection was more lanvin by albert elbaz than donna karan. brown tones were introduced into the collection after the greys cooled & though beautiful, i could not distract myself from the hard hitting comparisons of lanvin. the donna karan label is one i respect greatly & more often than not, i expect sophistication & represented signatures to set them apart from other new york based designers. as a leading designer in the brand, i am a bit dissapointed that many of these concepts were seen in paris, on the runway, from another fashion house. no doubt a beautiful campaign will be shot & the collection will sell, given it’s undeniable beauty. creatively, the collection is unoriginal.

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