>> Donna Karan created a highly graphic collection for her DKNY Fall 2011 collection seen earlier today in Chelsea in a brick-covered venue fitting for her city chic collection. Inspired by modernists in New York City, Karan envisioned fuzzy angora sweaters — made in bright hues and bold stripe patterns — houndstooth suits and skirts, wide-leg trousers, skinny pencil pants, and tailored coats. It was the details, like a recurring tux stripe detail or contrast color inserts, giving the collection a smart shot of modernity, youth, and a slight nod to the ‘70s.
Bright shots of red, pink, and henna came into play tempered with black, cream, navy, and shades of grey. Outerwear included sleek three-quarter length coats embellished with leather sleeve accents, knit and houndstooth padded jackets, which was Karan’s remixed take on the classic puff coat, and the pièce de résistance: a black and cream tuxedo striped cape. For accessories, the designer highlighted ankle-braced Mary-Janes and cap-toe booties. And on the handbag front, mini cross-bady bags adorned with oversized tassels and tri-color satchels.