In the loading dock at the Cedar Lake, against a backdrop that is at the very core of the DKNY brand - the NYC street and the DKNY block logo (in graffiti print by the Smart Crew)- the DKNY spring 2014 show was staged Sunday afternoon as has been the custom. But this season, and the house's 25th year anniversary, the city gal muse took quite a literal reference.
First look: Joan Smalls in a white cotton poplin shirt under slouchy denim overalls with a pinstriped viscose blazer. Draped over her shoulders - a chino trench with a sheer back. To drive the idea home of the DKNY girl for spring, a scarf is tied around Small's head topped with a blue baseball cap, her long locks hanging over her shoulders. "Chic and street" is what stood out from the program notes. Accomplished.
Donna Karan assembled our favorite separates for spring and refreshed it with a mix of soft and sweet with masculine and street. The sun visor, the rain slicker, the anorak, the backpack, the city sneaker - all present in a cool mix of sporty and tailored. The shirt dress had a moment with the waist tie detail but it is the trench skirt that caused the audience to swoon. Styled with a white cotton poplin over-sized shirt and a "New York" necklace, the unconventional trench was most note worthy in look 15. The two-toned platform sneaker and a black nylon tulle skirt underneath brought the sporty element.
Karan also worked a bandana motif which was at its best in a black and white cotton bandana-printed sweater, silk bandana-printed shirt and short with a white cotton polyester jacket with a printed back draped over the shoulder. The print was casual but the look can easily be pictured on New York's power maven. The pointy-toed pump in the same print brought an evening note to the collection as did sheer, loose dresses and skirts for easy day to evening transition.
The show closed with pastel colored looks which can be seen in part 2 of this review here. View the slideshow in this collection for a look at the runway.