“New York Nation” is the name of Donna Karan’s DKNY collection this season. “The whole thing is about the electricity of the city and of the street,” Karan said. “The lights, the art, the energy.” Opening the show with a video montage—a high-impact ode to urban life and style—Karan broadcast a message that was crystal-clear. “I love New York. I’m a New Yorker. I can’t imagine living anywhere else,” said a female voice in the video before the first model stepped out onto the runway. Hear, hear, we thought.
So what do the women in Karan’s New York wear? Bold, geometric prints, sporty-stretchy pencil skirts, cool tech hoodies, and crop tops. They wear primary colors and pastels; stripes and flashy embellishments, too. The show notes called the clothes “multicolored, multicultural, multitasking,” and the looks were a real mashup of loud prints and athletic textures. Many of the models wore two skirts—a shorter, peplum-like one over a tighter midi—with big, boyfriend-size sweatshirts. The pieces made of white tech and bonded mesh—trench, fluted skirt, and box-pleat dress—moved like they’d been inflated with air. On the models’ feet were striped platform runners and white high-tops that Karan created in collaboration with the New York sneaker line Pony. In their hands: Karan’s version of a bucket bag, and clutches made of soda-can tabs in collaboration with the conscious-craft company Bottletop. For the finale, models wearing matching color stories walked side-by-side, like members of the most stylish girl gang you ever saw—a statement as strong as city’s collective spirit.
Afterward, we asked Karan which New York neighborhood she loves most right now. “You know, my daughter just opened her restaurant, Tutto il Giorno, on Franklin Street in Tribeca,” she said. “So that’s my new hang.”