You KNOW how I feel about all things Donna Karan, particularly the New York City-inspired DKNY, a DNA line for the brand that basically is filled with essentials for the modern wardrobe.
Truth be told, I loved the brand so much that I’ve started pitch-hitting writing for them every now and then. That’s right: I get to walk into the building of one of my heroes every once in a while and offer to write for them. I pinch myself every time it happens.
I should also, for the record, say that I’ve been a fan of DKNY since it launched in the late 80’s. I loved it so much that – and I’ve told this story before – sneaked away from the group on my first school trip to the city to stand at the DKNY display at Bloomingdales for hours, just hoping she would walk by. She never did, but someday I’ll meet her and tell her that story. At which point, she might get a restraining order, but I’ll cherish the moment all the same.
I repeat that story because DKNY is doing a capsule collection with Opening Ceremony (one of the coolest retailers out there, HANDS DOWN) whereby they are releasing some of their greatest hits from the early 90’s. That whole 90’s-inspired fashion movement I said was coming for spring? Let this video for DKNY x Opening Ceremony pave the way. It played on the video backdrop before the models walked out.
And then the models came stomping out onto the runway in silhouettes and colors that were so familiar it was like a reunion of lost friends: vivid 90’s Bowery color palette, sportswear influences that look like old color-blocked leather jackets from the ear, graphic prints, touches of early hip hop inspiration, tons of menswear influences.
Gals, if you were around in the early-to-mid 90’s, you will see a fresh take on your old wardrobe that will make you sing. The video graphics that played in the backdrop was an homage to the era, saturated with primary and bright secondary colors that looked like contrasting color videos from the time, like The Beastie Boys “What You Want”.
Oh, and it goes without saying that the soundtrack was SERIOUSLY AMAZING.
The music playing here isn’t the actual music (they’d have to pay rights for it.) But this was the first song that did play and I haven’t been able to stop listening to it:
But all in all, DKNY was a great collection this season. Filled with amazing homages to a great era and past, but with a nod to the future and the wardrobe of the woman who will take charge of it. At a time where our money has to go further, many of us should sink some investments into great basics and a few statement pieces that can take us wherever we want to go, day or night. My money’s on this collection.