If any collection is going to make a statement about any worldwide jabs made at New York’s expense, it’s going to be DKNY. So let’s just fast forward to its finale, when designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne sent their girls out in sweatshirts printed with “Don’t Knock New York” — a clear return jab at anyone criticizing New York values, culture or other.
But about those clothes, which touched upon a louche, cool street style that mixed a bit of New York urbanity and deconstruction. The designers centered around a shredded rose motif (used in one-of-a-kind paper invites) that was used sparingly and not literally, thankfully. Instead, the layered petal motif showed up as an abstract print on t-shirts or in the complicated folds of denim pants or the uneven hems of skirts and dresses.
The collection was dark, playing into the stereotypical city uniform perhaps. The only relief were moments of red plaid used in great outerwear—both long overcoats and short pullover styles—or crisp white shirts with cut-away details.
A trio of red hot looks were a nice bright moment, each offering something different. Be it a covered up shirt and skirt combo, a sexy slipdress with wide stitching details at the hip or a silky shirtdress look.
Evening was similarly laidback and unaffected. Or should we say disinterested in the expected frippery and finery. This girl goes for a long skirt and sweater or if she’s feeling really frisky a turtleneck-meets-slip dress.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US