DKNY Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on September 12, 2011

DKNY Spring 2012 Collection

Opening the doors of the venue to provide the quintessentially New York backdrop of a yellow cab bearing a DKNY logo and closing the show with “American Woman” playing, the DKNY show, held on the afternoon of September 11th, was equal parts NYC defiance and patriotism. “We remember that day 10 years ago that changed our city forever,” the program notes read, “We remember the courage, the inspiration, the compassion. How we came together, reaffirming our strength to the world. There truly is no place anywhere like our beloved city, New York. Our inspiration.” If there’s such a thing as the correct way to put together a fashion show for September 11th, then this would be the way.

We loved the combination of tailored, fitted pieces and floaty, away-from-the-body pieces. Also loved the splatter and poppy prints, the use of red, white and blue without getting too obviously Betsy Ross about it, the typically (and timelessly) stylish DK coats and jackets, and of course, the big floppy hats. As usual with DKNY, there’s a specific woman in mind for these looks and she’s urban, confident, chic, and bold.

 

DKNY Spring 2012 Collection

DKNY Spring 2012 Collection

DKNY Spring 2012 Collection

DKNY Spring 2012 Collection

DKNY Spring 2012 Collection

DKNY Spring 2012 Collection

[Photo Credit: donnakaran.com]

    • BuffaloBarbara

      That red and blue stripe combo is striking.  I’m still trying to decide whether or not I like it.

      There is one random thing in the post that I’ve always wondered about.  Or, well, wondered about since I started paying attention to fashion.  That’s “urban” as a term of approval for something, eg, “Oh, that just seems so urban!”  I can see “urbane,” but urban?  Just doesn’t seem like anything particularly meaningful.  By definition, cities are jam-packed with all sorts of different people.  The lady hanging out her daffodil-printed apron on the clothesline strung between apartment buildings is as urban as Nina Garcia.  If they mean “sophisticated,” why not use that?  (Don’t worry, I have the same problem with “expensive.”  Every time the judges say that as a compliment, I can see my great grandmother going pale at the thought of speculating on the price of someone’s dry goods.  One simply does not say such things, even if one is thinking them. ;p)

      • Anonymous

        A generation or so ago there were many fashion guidelines in place on how one dressed for the city, as opposed to the country or vacation locales. I think the “urban” description is a nod to that traditional view.

      • Anonymous

        I think there is a very definite view on what types of fabrics, trims, and silhouettes read as “country” or crafty (i.e. florals, gingham, eyelet, etc.) and I see “urban” sort of in opposition to that. Not so much about the people in a city but the aesthetics of a city (clean lines, metallics, sometimes a severity, nothing fussy, bold unmuted colors and plenty of blacks and greys). DKNY often reads very urban to me but I can’t say that this collection does. I like a lot of the pieces separately but I can’t see the girl who would wear the look head to toe.
         Also, in complete agreement about “expensive” as a compliment. Always strikes me as crass.

        • Anonymous

          I only like it when Alex Perry does it on Australia’s Next Top Model, but that’s just because he completely cracks me up.

        • Anonymous

          Oh, also, I agree with you re: the meaning of country, urban, and similar terms. Plenty of city people listen to country music, but we wouldn’t call it anything else.

      • Anonymous

        It’s the garish primary colours of the floral prints that makes them ‘urban’. If they had been pastels, on the other hand, they would not be considered as such.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L6FKGKUXWF6QSWWYAHJZYKKI3E Adrian

        My first thought whenever someone calls a look “urban” is that what they really want to say is that it looks like something brown folks wear, just like when I hear someone describe a neighborhood as “urban,” it’s often code for “the ghetto.” Maybe that’s cynical, but you don’t often hear business suits called “urban” even though I see a lot of guys wearing them in the city.

        • MilaXX

          For me it depends on context. There’s “urban” that looks like something you’d see NY or a woman from any major metropolitan city wearing and then there’s “urban” that I would see a WOC wearing, but not necessarily “ghetto” in a negative sense. For example, Kimberly’s collection has an urban feel to me because it reminds me of a collection I would see in the Ebony Fashion Fair  fashion show. Whereas Micheal Knight’s collection was “ghetto fabulous” to me in that it has that slightly over the top, blingy style popular in ATL & LA.
          Back to this collection. In this instance to me urban means it’s a collection you’d see NY women wearing.

        • Anonymous

          That’s definitely true in many cases–I still recall my wordless exasperation with a promotional email I got from iTunes suggesting “urban” music to me, and of course all of it was hip-hop–but I think less so in fashion terms, if only because fashion is so completely blind to all things related to brown people who are not dressed 100% “tribal” or “ethnic” 100% of the time. The only brown people living in the US or Europe who do get looked at much are Native Americans, and then their modern, contemporary existence is erased in favor of “traditional textiles” and such. (The word “ethnic” makes me crazy for much the same reason “urban” raises a red flag for you.)

      • Anonymous

        For me, urban = paved and climate controlled everywhere the wearer goes. Out here in the flyover hinterlands of a medium sized city there’s a smallish group of people who might also dress like this. But most people wouldn’t except for special occasions because it’s simply too impractical most of the time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Margaret-Carlson-Nikoleit/100002490979930 Margaret Carlson Nikoleit

      Love big hats! Will be interested to see how many women actually wear them next spring.

      • Anonymous

        I love big hats, too, but these seem to be too floppy to me.  They make me think of miserably steamy days when a woman and her outfit wilt in the heat before she gets to her destination.  I think a little less flop and a bit more structure would have been better.

      • Anonymous

        I love big hats, too, but these seem to be too floppy to me.  They make me think of miserably steamy days when a woman and her outfit wilt in the heat before she gets to her destination.  I think a little less flop and a bit more structure would have been better.

      • Anonymous

        I love big hats, too, but these seem to be too floppy to me.  They make me think of miserably steamy days when a woman and her outfit wilt in the heat before she gets to her destination.  I think a little less flop and a bit more structure would have been better.

      • Anonymous

        I love big hats, too, but these seem to be too floppy to me.  They make me think of miserably steamy days when a woman and her outfit wilt in the heat before she gets to her destination.  I think a little less flop and a bit more structure would have been better.

        • Anonymous

          I confess, I just love hats and wish the Pope would make all the Catholics wear hats again in church.  Not being Catholic, I could then also wear hats and pretend to be Catholic, just so I could wear hats.  I’d even wear a cowboy hat.  In a swimming pool.  Just because I love hats.

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            That is fucking hilarious.

            I also love hats, and used to wear them a lot. I stopped several years ago, but now that I’m of a certain age, I’m thinking I could get away with it again. Seriously, I’m getting to the point where I really don’t give a crap what people say about me.

            Having to wear a hat is probably the only thing that could get me back to Mass.

            • Anonymous

              You should read the poem “when I am an old woman I shall wear purple”. It exuberantly inhabits the idea that when you get older you can be as eccentric as you want.

            • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

              Oh, yes, I’m familiar with it. It’s been a favorite of mine for a long time.

          • Anonymous

            I love hats too, but I always lose them within the first few hours. I gave up. Maybe someday I’ll have my shit together enough to wear them.

        • Anonymous

          I confess, I just love hats and wish the Pope would make all the Catholics wear hats again in church.  Not being Catholic, I could then also wear hats and pretend to be Catholic, just so I could wear hats.  I’d even wear a cowboy hat.  In a swimming pool.  Just because I love hats.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, what stylish New York woman on the go would wear a floppy beach hat?  The one in fuschia nearly made me do a spit-take.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, what stylish New York woman on the go would wear a floppy beach hat?  The one in fuschia nearly made me do a spit-take.

    • Anonymous

      are these weird shapeless tops in now?

      • Anonymous

        God, yes. It makes shopping hell if you’re not a model.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VA5XLSF3QRELSC3MUFSXLP4EIE rebecca

          Couldn’t agree more. While I love all the bright colors I’m seeing, it’s going to make those of us who are not a size 0 look dumpy. I’m a bit undecided about the collection. 

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VA5XLSF3QRELSC3MUFSXLP4EIE rebecca

          Couldn’t agree more. While I love all the bright colors I’m seeing, it’s going to make those of us who are not a size 0 look dumpy. I’m a bit undecided about the collection. 

    • Elizabeth Winer

      No comment on the use of mullet hems?  I’m surprised.

      • Anonymous

        I know – I really detest those mullet hemmed dresses and shirts that are everywhere.  Why do mullets?  Why?  Such pretty dresses – why ruin them with mullets?  Ugh.

      • Anonymous

        I know – I really detest those mullet hemmed dresses and shirts that are everywhere.  Why do mullets?  Why?  Such pretty dresses – why ruin them with mullets?  Ugh.

      • Anonymous

        I know – I really detest those mullet hemmed dresses and shirts that are everywhere.  Why do mullets?  Why?  Such pretty dresses – why ruin them with mullets?  Ugh.

      • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

        The mullet hems were one of the first things I noticed.  Not a fan.

    • Anonymous

      Please don’t make me ever wear red and blue together.  Ever.  I love big floppy hats but wonder if anyone will actually wear them.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

      I LOVE the poppies! GORGE.

    • Anonymous

      Purple and red poppies….who knew they would be so fantastic? Not loving other uses of same colors, sorry DKNY. 

    • Anonymous

      Purple and red poppies….who knew they would be so fantastic? Not loving other uses of same colors, sorry DKNY. 

    • Anonymous

      Purple and red poppies….who knew they would be so fantastic? Not loving other uses of same colors, sorry DKNY. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      i really love all the pink & red together in pretty much everyone’s collection & i love the blue & red striped sweater. the rest of it just fades into the background for me, especially the drop waist & float bag dresses & the dirty leopard prints. odd for donna karan to be doing dirt prints, but, well, okay, there they are. some of the velvet floats are better than the non-velvet floats. i cant disparage silk velvet in really any context.

      otoh:
      american woman, stay away from me
      i’m no good for you, yr no good for me

      ?
      on 9/11
      ?
      i believe the idiotic justification for those lyrics at the time were that they were about the viet nam war. i dont believe that, mind you, but i’m pretty sure that was the thought.

      is there another american woman w/ which i am not familiar? one about, as the world these days turns, intercourse & finance?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCJEZMOV4VYMXC5WJALLZNYEB4 Mari Rose

        I was wondering the same thing. Either there’s another song called “American Woman” I’m not familiar with or this is a Reagan plays “Born in the USA” situation where the person didn’t listen to the lyrics.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCJEZMOV4VYMXC5WJALLZNYEB4 Mari Rose

        I was wondering the same thing. Either there’s another song called “American Woman” I’m not familiar with or this is a Reagan plays “Born in the USA” situation where the person didn’t listen to the lyrics.

        • Anonymous

          I was about to make the same allusion to ironically misinterpreted lyrics like what happened with “Born in the USA”.  And yeah, “American Woman” was by Guess Who, a Canadian band, and wasn’t about women; the image of an attractive but toxic woman was used as metaphor about the USA and the Vietnam War.

      • Julie Kentner

        I had heard a legend that it was inspired by an American girl at a Canadian party…and then the other lyrics came in about the Vietnam war. And since it was written by a couple of Canadian guys in Winnipeg, it’s less about patriotism, I’d say :)

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you, I think it’s a very odd and sloppy choice.  Did anyone actually listen to the lyrics?  I’ve always found it mysogynistic but I didn’t know about the Vietnam connection.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          Yeah, if you don’t know the song is actually an anti-”America in Viet Nam” song, I can see how you’d think it was misogynistic.  But it wouldn’t matter if it were actually about a woman instead of what it’s about. It’s still a bad choice for a fashion show.

          I mean, maybe Karan was trying to make a political statement, but with all these girly, floaty clothes, that seems especially ridiculous.

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you, I think it’s a very odd and sloppy choice.  Did anyone actually listen to the lyrics?  I’ve always found it mysogynistic but I didn’t know about the Vietnam connection.

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you, I think it’s a very odd and sloppy choice.  Did anyone actually listen to the lyrics?  I’ve always found it mysogynistic but I didn’t know about the Vietnam connection.

      • Anonymous

        that raised my eyebrow, too. hello, did they just not listen to the lyrics?

    • Judy_J

      Love the red and blue pieces.

    • Anonymous

      I realy like it!!

    • Anonymous

      They are all wearing Elaine’s Urban Sombrero. 

      I usually like DKNY, but I’m not so sure about alot of these. I don’t know too many cities where a woman wants to be walking around in panties and top, or a bra and skirt. As Orange Glo would say, “Where is that girl going?” I like the jackets very much. The poppies look a little Marimekko; I think they would make me feel like I was wearing a duvet cover. And I soooo loathe mullet hems.

      • Anonymous

        Love the Seinfeld referrence!!  J. Peterman would be proud.

        • Anonymous

          What else from someone named “serenitynow?” 

          • Anonymous

            Seen posts before by Serenitynow.  Always wondered…recovering alcoholic or huge Seinfeld fan.  Hoped for the latter.

            • Anonymous

              Um, definitely the latter.

        • Anonymous

          What else from someone named “serenitynow?” 

      • Anonymous

        Love the Seinfeld referrence!!  J. Peterman would be proud.

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you on the panties.  Makes me wonder if the designer ran out of time.  As Nina Garcia once asked: “Where are the clothes?”

      • Anonymous

        OMG I didn’t know they were called Mullet Hems.  HILARIOUS.  And I hate them too.  “Duvet Cover” and “Orange Glo” have made me laugh loudly enough to make others come to my office to make sure I was OK.  

      • Anonymous

        Way back when, in the ’90s, I knew women (they might be called hipsters these days) who would wear a super fancy bra showing under a suit jacket or with overalls. I remember a male friend commenting on a mutual acquaintance who dressed that way: “I hardly know her, but I’ve already see so many of her bras!”

    • Anonymous

      Nice clothes, although
      she’s urban, confident, chic, and bold.   . . .  and walking through Manhattan in her bathing suit ( underwear, granny panties)

    • Anonymous

      Nice clothes, although
      she’s urban, confident, chic, and bold.   . . .  and walking through Manhattan in her bathing suit ( underwear, granny panties)

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      Not sure I’d wear the big hat, but the rest has some possibility.

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      Not sure I’d wear the big hat, but the rest has some possibility.

    • Anonymous

      I think the hats are fabulous, and I love the pink and red combinations, but I’m not crazy about the prints and the blue-and-red combinations are a little too primary for my taste. The recurring longer-in-the-back hem is likewise a problem for me, but I do like the shape and silhouette of a few pieces.

      I am also forced to raise an eyebrow at the stated choice of songs.

    • Anonymous

      I think the hats are fabulous, and I love the pink and red combinations, but I’m not crazy about the prints and the blue-and-red combinations are a little too primary for my taste. The recurring longer-in-the-back hem is likewise a problem for me, but I do like the shape and silhouette of a few pieces.

      I am also forced to raise an eyebrow at the stated choice of songs.

    • Anonymous

      I think the hats are fabulous, and I love the pink and red combinations, but I’m not crazy about the prints and the blue-and-red combinations are a little too primary for my taste. The recurring longer-in-the-back hem is likewise a problem for me, but I do like the shape and silhouette of a few pieces.

      I am also forced to raise an eyebrow at the stated choice of songs.

    • Anonymous

      clothes=good
      hats=not so much

    • Anonymous

      Am I missing something?  I see a woman in a floral printed bra/bikini top under a tailored jacket and ask, “Where is this woman going?”

    • Anonymous

      Some of those red and blue prints are eye-searing, but kind of in a good way.

      • Anonymous

        i can’t love it.  red and blue make me feel nauseous in the same way that orange and blue make me think of Howard Johnson’s.  xo 

        • Anonymous

          I probably wouldn’t wear those prints, but I find them oddly mesmerizing. They remind me of those photo-negative optical illusion thingies, where you stare at an oddly colored image of of the American flag for a few seconds, then when you look at a white piece of paper, the flag appears in the correct colors.

    • Anonymous

      Some of those red and blue prints are eye-searing, but kind of in a good way.

    • Anonymous

      Some of those red and blue prints are eye-searing, but kind of in a good way.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

      Love the red and blue combo!

    • Anonymous

      The DKNY woman also has extremely long legs.  The hats: very casual and only going to be used as sun shades.  Agree w/ the “mullet” hems observation from Elizabeth Winer; that’s a look that should not be encouraged.

    • Anonymous

      Meh.  If this is supposed to be urban chic then I guess I don’t want to be urban chic.  I think it’s mostly unattractive with bits and pieces I really don’t like at all.  Mullet hems?  Shapeless bag dresses. Giant, wilting hats?  Does anyone really wear those granny panties out in public?  Or those bras as tops?  And I know that the  fire engine red/screaming pink combo is supposed to be all the rage but it just assaults my senses.

      Yeah, meh.

    • Anonymous

      Meh.  If this is supposed to be urban chic then I guess I don’t want to be urban chic.  I think it’s mostly unattractive with bits and pieces I really don’t like at all.  Mullet hems?  Shapeless bag dresses. Giant, wilting hats?  Does anyone really wear those granny panties out in public?  Or those bras as tops?  And I know that the  fire engine red/screaming pink combo is supposed to be all the rage but it just assaults my senses.

      Yeah, meh.

    • Anonymous

      Yuck. Little of this appeals to me (except the basic black stuff, which is boooooring but acceptable). And when I picture the slightly cheaper-looking, slightly less sophisticated version that will trickle down to the stores that are actually in my price range, I just want to sigh.

    • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

      Wow, the stripes and flower prints and the big floppy hats just scream Marimekko. (though I guess fashion is always going to resemble something).

    • Anonymous

      I am officially wondering if I have ever loved DK.

    • Anonymous

      I’m fascinated by designers’ infatuation with fancy underpants.  I wonder who buys them?  And are they profitable?  Or are they just for the runway? And what’s the justification for them?
      I just watched a 1939 Claudette Colbert movie in which her character wore clothes by Parisian designers.  She looked wonderful and chic and she could also move and go about her business.  So different from much of today’s clothes.

    • Anonymous

      I’m fascinated by designers’ infatuation with fancy underpants.  I wonder who buys them?  And are they profitable?  Or are they just for the runway?
      I just watched a 1939 Claudette Colbert movie in which her character wore clothes by Parisian designers.  She looked wonderful and chic and she could also move and go about her business while looking chic.  So different from much of today’s clothes.

    • Anonymous

      Nothing really appeals in this collection.  The hats are heinous – maybe appropriate for the beach but certainly not for any city street.  The entire collection looks unsophisticated, expected and boring.  The poppy print would be nice on a beach chair or a duvet cover but not on clothing.  I think this is one of the worst DKNY collections I’ve ever seen.

      Ending with American Woman was a nice idea but it sounds like someone didn’t listen to the lyrics.

    • Anonymous

      Nothing really appeals in this collection.  The hats are heinous – maybe appropriate for the beach but certainly not for any city street.  The entire collection looks unsophisticated, expected and boring.  The poppy print would be nice on a beach chair or a duvet cover but not on clothing.  I think this is one of the worst DKNY collections I’ve ever seen.

      Ending with American Woman was a nice idea but it sounds like someone didn’t listen to the lyrics.

    • Anonymous

      Nothing really appeals in this collection.  The hats are heinous – maybe appropriate for the beach but certainly not for any city street.  The entire collection looks unsophisticated, expected and boring.  The poppy print would be nice on a beach chair or a duvet cover but not on clothing.  I think this is one of the worst DKNY collections I’ve ever seen.

      Ending with American Woman was a nice idea but it sounds like someone didn’t listen to the lyrics.

    • http://profiles.google.com/withano Loren S

      It’s nice that none of these models look like they’re 16.

      I can’t really look at poppy prints without thinking of Coach now, even though this one is much bolder than Coach would use.

    • MilaXX

      I like most of this. The only things I’m not fond of are the red/blue flowers (just not a flow wearing type of gal) and the animal print pants. Overall very nice collection.

    • Anonymous

      Love the prints, especially the poppies. But the huge floppy hats just don’t grab me.

    • Anonymous

      I really like the prints.  I hope they realize that most ‘everyday’ women do NOT look good in floppy hats.  One pretty much has to have long Gwynnie hair (groan) to pull it off, just like all these models.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      I usually hate Karan’s collections, and I hate mullet hems. But I think some of this is absolutely gorgeous. I like the mullet hems because they don’t start an inch from the bottom in the front.

      I love all the floaty dresses and the big hats. A couple of the red and blue pieces work, but a lot of it is too garish for my tastes. Hate the granny panties. I’ll never be sold on them, because they’re totally fucking stupid.

    • Anonymous

      There’s always something in a DK collection for me to love. That said, there’s a lot less here that would be useful for a grown woman’s daily life, let alone an *urban* woman, thanis  usual for her collections, is my impression. Unless she spends the majority of her time on a fairly civilized vacation or giving cocktail parties on the patio.

      I love most of the colors, and the sack (trapeze?) shape to the more casual dresses, but between the color and the trains(?) they are not work clothes and a number seem a little impractical even for casual street clothes. I don’t want to be hauling my mullet/train in & out of the car on my errands, but if my errands required a bus or subway I’d be even less inclined to wear some of these.

      The hats are sun hats for most people. I wear a hat for the sun almost daily (despite the struggles with hat hair) because it’s strong here, I’m fair, and a really good sunscreen that works well with makeup is harder to find and often works less well than inferior sunscreen plus a hat. I wouldn’t wear any of these on a work day.

      Though really, perhaps she’s doing it right for her target buyer, who buys designer casual wear. There’s still plenty** here you could wear to the office, and feel quite chic in.

      **ETA: Not really plenty, on reflection. More like a couple of ensembles and another handful of good pieces.

    • Anonymous

      Fine – I guess – if you’re a size 2.  Not impressed.

      • Anonymous

        I agree with the whole pro-every body movement, I mean that’s like my cause, but really…you can’t judge a specific line of clothing as unimpressive just because they used size 2 models. Almost every single fashion week collection is going to use these same (not same human) models. Which is regrettable but yeah.
        I dunno, just my opinion- Judge the palate and the paint, not the easel and the canvas.

        • Anonymous

          exactly.  and besides, many of these looks can translate to larger sizes.

    • Anonymous

      I’m loving it so hard

    • Anonymous

      Yay for high-low hems! I love this collection.

    • Anonymous

      The red&blue poppies remind of some iconic Marimekko print. Am I misremembering?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BA6BTBV4V3MQRX6K2HDEL7Y7TU MerridithK

      LOVE the floppy hats!  Floppy hats are a summer staple in my wardrobe.

    • http://aintbaroque.wordpress.com/ Ain’t Baroque

      I bought a floppy hat a couple months ago, and when I showed it to my mom she said it looked like a hobo hat. My mom is not so much not fashion forward as she is actively fashion-backward. Anyway, my point is that I love the hats, especially the ones with the loudly contrasting lining.

    • Joyce VG

      Gorgeous!