I don’t think it’s any secret how much of a fan I am of DKNY, and this year’s collection has touched a soft spot with me. The brand celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, and as The World’s Biggest Fan, I’m glad I got a chance to see a retrospective of the line that first connected me with the urban warrior essentials collection I’ve come to know and love.
And did I happen to wear vintage DKNY to the show to give it some love and support? You’d better believe it. If you’ve heard me tell the story of how I went to Bloomingdales when I was 16 for three hours, hoping Donna Karan would stop by, this is the shirt I got. It’s in mint condition, and I love it as much today as the day I bought it.
The whole concept around DKNY was to add to the original Donna Karan New York concept of the Seven Easy Pieces, but with a youthful eye toward the emerging career woman. It’s a collection of essentials that, when worked into the existing wardrobe, can instantly impact and a nod of fashion know-how. In short, if you’re looking to build a wardrobe, DKNY is a great place to start. A piece or two here and there can serve every walk of life and a multitude of situations.
This 25th Anniversary Collection read like a greatest hits from the archive, and I told the PR team on my way out that it was the DNA of DKNY. I spotted the graphic logo used on fitted dresses as it was in the early 90’s but with a fresh take on the silhouette, bandana print flowed onto the runway in fresh new silhouettes for a multitude of lifestyles. As The Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Til’ Brooklyn” vibrated through the rafters, slip dresses, billowing trench coats, flowing skirts, patched boyfriend denim and other items played like a Greatest Hits collection on the runway, but in fresh new hues and with an eye to the modern woman. I recognized the core silhouettes from beginning to now, but the presentation was fresh. Easter egg pastels grounded with solid black, for example. That’s a look I want everyone to embrace. That is a great way to wear spring hues while maintaining urban edge.
The photos below embrace my favorites from the collection and the items I believe you’ll be seeing quite a bit of as they filter down to your favorite retailer that sells the brand. But, I mean, there’s always the DKNY website. Because these items are just too fun to pass up for spring. They’re fun, they’re workable, and they’re very urban chic.
In short, there’s something in here for everyone…and that’s just the way Donna Karan likes it.