DKNY Spring 2012 Review

DKNY Spring 2012

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the DKNY Spring 2012 runway

Show: DKNY

Theme: American Expressionist, West Coast ease meets East Coast edge

Accessories: Wide-brimmed floppy hats by Kokin

Hair: Eugene Souleiman for Wella Professionals

Makeup: Charlotte Willer for Maybelline New York

Overall Takeaway: Coming together and growing up

You can always count on DKNY for a solid show. Even on a day like today, when so few of us wanted to leave the security of our apartments and instead were thinking about 10 years ago, we at least knew that ahead of us was something fantastic. And it’s true: The Spring 2012 collection was pretty great.

Though the label is generally geared toward that young New York gal, braving her first job in the city, the dresses and cuts we saw this time around would work for any of us. Loose, flowing, and oh-so-forgiving, there was a relaxed ease to the pieces, a confidence that comes from hitting your stride. The DKNY girl has hit her stride. She’s growing up, along with the rest of us.

Not every look was billowing out, though we’re certainly partial to those—they really are flattering. A skinny trouser suit in ivory and a black double-breasted blazer worn over a short dress had that West coast meets East feel that seems just right. The colors veered from neutrals to vivid Marimekko-esque prints, and every look was topped with a matching floppy hat. It’s spring, after all.

Donna Karan set her show against the New York City backdrop, with models walking in front of open doors, a cab parked just behind them. It was a rather perfect tribute to a city reflecting back today.