When you head into Cedar Lake for DKNY, at that very minute, it’s the hottest place in town: every editor you dream about meeting is sitting in the front row, every opportunity to star gaze strolls to the front row. Each season, when I take my seat, it’s a dream come true and I’m giddy all over again. Especially after seeing the beauty looks from back of house; that’s only fans the flames. I want to see the collection, and I want to see it now.
The collection this season was inspired by the birthright of DKNY: the passions that drive millions of people to New York to become who they are meant to be. I get this entirely.As someone who grew up always feeling like I never quite fit into my circumstances, that I was “too much” for any other place I’ve ever lived, New York is the first place I’ve ever truly felt at home. I moved here in 2007 permanently with $300 in my wallet and one suitcase with one goal: make it as a writer, no other options.
I got rid of everything I owned to make it here, and surrounded by the constantly shifting, ever demanding environment in which I live, which buzzes with thousands of dialects and thrives on a steady diet of Making The World Run, I miss absolutely nothing of my former life. I am home here. These are my brethren, an island too small to really contain all its inhabitants and literally brimming over with some of the most creative forces on the planet. DKNY was born here, and I feel that, figuratively speaking, so was I.
The fall collection shown in the gallery below was modeled by real people whose personal style and stories are incredibly inspiration. The show kicked off with a video featuring many the models, their names, their stories, and their passions.
The runway presentation was awash in smart urban warrior essentials with a touch of funk, seemingly inspired by our street style models. The coats are of particular note: any outerwear item you would want to knock off the challenging weather of the granite jungle are here, and they’re fantastic in asphalt grey, black and white, and a gorgeous navy with wine-hued fur combination. I feel immediately for the one above and this all-weather parka with those luxe cuffs below:
Of note in the collection: varsity items. They were smart and a nod to the University of Hard Knocks that is sometimes the city streets in which we live. I absolutely loved these letterman pieces. You may have skipped college, but living in New York will teach you a considerable amount about how to make your way in the world. You earn your masters degree in Life breaking your back every day. It was a cute nod. I got it.
The collection was varied and edgy, youthful and stylish, chic and versatile. Any piece in the collection can work from Brooklyn to Beaumont, from basics that seamless melt into your closet to statement pieces (like those great coats) that simply make a wardrobe.
Enjoy the slideshow below. You don’t need to live in New York to steal a bit of this DKNY urban warrior swagger. Wherever you are, dress to win. That’s how, wherever you are, you can make it there and be a force to be reckoned with anywhere.
AND, if you want to watch the runway presentation in its entirety (which I completely recommend,) check it out here: