DKNY Pre-Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on December 05, 2011


The word for today is “cute. The collection’s name is “Urban Garden” and we can’t help thinking, looking at this flirty collection of color-blocked dresses, pleated skirts, and strong florals, that “Party” got left off at the end there. The collection looks deceptively simple, but with the peplums, sarongs, pleats, lace, stripes and florals, there’s an awful lot going on with this collection when you look at it all at once. Not that it overwhelms. Quite the opposite, in fact. We can see one cute wardrobe essential after another here.

 

 

[Photo Credit: dkny.com]

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  • Anonymous

    Nothing knocks my socks off, but there are some pieces I would wear (the ones that aren’t several inches above the knee).  I universally hate the shoes though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

      Agree about the shoes – apparently you have to twist your foot a bit to stand in them. 

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

      That’s the length on the model though. They’d probably come down to the knee on most woman.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

    Subtract the jumpsuit, the leather(?) skirts, and the shoes, and i want to own this entire collection.

    • Anonymous

      My reaction to this collection:

      “Mmm hmm…. cute…. cute… yeah….cute… oh, yeah …. cute… HOLY SHIT! A FLORAL JUMPSUIT … cute…. cute….”

      • Anonymous

        I know! A total record-scratch moment.

        • Anonymous

          Exactly!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

        No kidding.  My eyebrows just about went up to my hairline on that one. Qristal (or however you spell her name) did a better jumpsuit.

      • Anonymous

        I thought…pajamas?

      • Anonymous

        LOL  exactly!  Where the hell did that thing come from?

      • Anonymous

        Yes. Prison jumpsuits are more flattering to most figures than that narrowing-from-the-hip-down-to-the-ankle cut that thing’s got.

  • Anonymous

    A collection for tiny, twee things. I can see Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson, either of the Fannings, and Hailee Steinfeld in some of this stuff. Emma especially in the one on the header photo, a stronger palette than she normally goes for in the same shapes could be a way to age up her look.

  • Anonymous

    I hate most of those prints. The simpler pieces are nice. Nothing earth-shattering, but nice.

  • Anonymous

    I love so much of this! Wearable, classy, fresh, and yes, TLo, CUTE. 

  • Judy_J

    Not a whole lot here floats my boat, but I do like the colorblocked dresses.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing earth-shaking here, but a few things I would wear, chief among them that first floral dress with the lace sleeves.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Really, what exactly IS Pre-Fall?  Do we get a Post Fall/Pre Winter now?

    • Anonymous

      To my lawyer’s literal way of thinking “Pre-Fall” is SUMMER.  Maybe “Late Summer.”  Still far too warm for weight or wool or long sleeves (so that doesn’t compute here….) but not mid-summer/July when it’s hot and everything is light, and…. sheesh.  I’m trying too hard, just as the design houses are.  Why don’t they just say, “Another Collection of Clothes – You Figure Out When and Where to Wear Them”?

      • Anonymous

        Your reasoning totally brings to mind Steve Martin’s “Never at dusk” bit from one of his comedy albums back in the day. LOL

        Michael Kors’s pre-Fall collection had Winter coats in it for heaven’s sake!

        • Anonymous

          The Kors coats as evidence of nomenclature nuttiness.  I rest my case!  Steve Martin pretty much eschews comedy now for the banjo.  I’d not heard “never at dusk,” but I’ll have to hunt it down.  George Carlin, may he crankily rest in peace, would have a field day with Pre-Fall, pre-this, pre-that pre-pre- PREPOSTEROUS.

          • Anonymous

            Well, I looked it up after I posted, and it turns out it is from a1978 SNL monologue:

            ” I know what you’re saying. You’re saying, Oh… I’ll bet he’s on drugs.”
            [ laughter ] Well, I’ll be honest with you: I used to smoke…
            marijuana! [ he covers his face in mock shame ] But I would only smoke
            it… in the late evening. Oh, occasionally, the early evening, or mid-evening.
            But that was it — the late evening, the early evening, or mid-evening,
            but that was it, I — ohhh, occasionally, the early morning… or, oh,
            the mid-morning… maybe the late morning… or, occasionally,
            the early-mid-late morning! Or, sometimes, the mid-early morning, or…
            oh, the late afternoon! Sometimes, the mid-early-late afternoon! Never
            at DUSK! NOOOOOO, I would never smoke it at dusk! Oh, NEVER, NEVER,
            NEVER, NEVER!!! Because that’s when the little FAT men would
            come! And they would DO things to me! They’d go: [he bounces his
            fingers forward ] “Whoa-oa! Who-oa!” And I LIKED it! [ he laughs wildly ]

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Especially, since the estimable Anathema and myself both live somewhere where there is no need for multiple wardrobes.

      • Anonymous

        I love that lawyer brain of yours NDC.  I am the same way.   Besides, no one pays attention to when to wear it – e.g. Heigal in her leather sheepskin coats in warm weather in California.  Hmm.

  • Anonymous

    cute enough, but it really doesn’t look like DKNY to me.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    The only piece that I absolutely loathe is the floral jumpsuit.  Egadzooksonskates!  No one, including the model, is going to carry that thing off well.

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

      The only “carrying off” that should be happening is that horrendous jumpsuit being carried off to the city dump.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Tell it, sister!

    • Anonymous

      Shit, I’m telling on myself here, but in the ’90s, I had a pair of floral pants very much like the bottom of that jumpsuit, but with yellow and green print on black. They had a paperbag waist and tapered at the ankle. God I loved those. And got TONS of compliments on them. A coworker had the matching top. At least I wore them with a black top, but still…I hope no pictures of me in those things exist.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Someday, Anathema I will tell the tale of my very first suit.
        I shudder thinking of it now.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t see past all the hideous ankle strap shoes.

    • Anonymous

      They are wicked hiddy, aren’t they? 

  • Anonymous

    The urban sophistication that Donna Karan clothing used to have is missing here. Seems like the line is resting on its laurels (no pin intended with the garden theme)

  • Anonymous

    Cute and colorful.  The clothes.  The model looks like she’s in a police lineup. 

  • Anonymous

    Are ugly ruffles in this year? Ugh.

    Love a few of them (floral jumpsuit included, surprisingly), but most are boring and some look like cheap Prada/D&G knockoffs.

  • Kate Pearce

    I just wish some of the skirts were a tad longer-but maybe on mere mortals they would be.

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking the same thing. A lot of these would be great office basics, but not if the skirts are too short, at least not at my office.

  • R. L.

    I wish we could see these clothes on some real womens’ bodies.  I’d be so much more likely to buy.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not sure what “real women’s bodies” means, but I can tell you that DKNY tends not to cut for waifs. More Eileen Fisher than Betsy Johnson.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.council Rachel Council

      Ugh, I hate that term, “real woman.” The way to elevate one person is not to knock another down. 

      • R. L.

        Sorry I pushed your button Rachel. I wasn’t trying to elevate anyone. I’m simply expressing my disappointment in having top see one more stick thin waif in the army of Stepford stick thin waifs. A real woman is someone who isn’t a stick thin model, which probably includes you as well as me. Or are you a model?

        As someone who doesn’t have access to the resources fopr buyintg them or stores that sell these clothes I have to express disappointment that I rarely get to see these beautiful creations on bodies other than Stepford bodies. Although the clothes are still beautiful, even on mannequins, I’d love to see how they move on real people.

        _____

  • Anonymous

    Okay, that floral jumpsuit is a hideous beast.  I actually like a lot of what I see here, it is indeed cute.  Nothing earth shattering, just cute stuff that a gal could wear when out and about.  But that…thing…scares the bejeezus out of me.

    • MilaXX

      You took the words right out of my mouth. This is a cute, but not earth shattering collection, but that jumpsuit is made of ugly.

    • Anonymous

      “hideous beast.” Haha

      I really want the top, top row, center. That’s about it. 

  • Anonymous

    LOVE. All the electric blue and teal pieces are right up my alley, pretty much everything involving horizontal stripes here is both sharp and relaxed, and the leather pieces are delicious. Also, the black, red, and taupe colorblocked dress is really excellent.

  • Anonymous

    There’s some cute stuff here and I would wear some of them. The floral jumpsuit and the leather (pleather?) pieces are ghastly and I’m really not feeling the prints at all.  

  • Anonymous

    That floral jumpsuit is horrid.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

  • Anonymous

    What exactly is “pre-Fall”? Isn’t that Spring?

    • Anonymous

      No its more for Summer or Resort.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=27432316 Ally Monge

    Everything from the 9th row down is to die for. Love to have them all in my closet to rotate. Rows 1-8… not so much.

  • Anonymous

    Those hideous shoes make every model look like she has cankles. And that black floral fabric looks like a Victorian sofa exploded. The sight of the jumpsuit caused hives to emerge.

  • Anonymous

    Those fuglies the models are wearing have to be THE MOST unflattering sandals ever. They make 90-pound women’s legs looks like tree trunks — tree trunks with teeeeny little bound hooves. Overall not loving these looks except for the black and red floral patterned pieces. 

  • Victoria Sharoyan

    in LOVE with this collection. I’d wear 28 out of 36 looks and that’s way ahead of the curve for me.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RS6NLL44AED3E4QWIYTDQGU6I Psy_Chick

    Perhaps you’ve done it before, but can someone explain to me why it’s “pre-Fall” instead of “summer”?

  • Anonymous

    I love this collection.  Love the blue, love the color blocking, love the leather, love the skirts.  It’s just full of stuff to add to your closet.

    Brava DKNY…now lets hope the ready to wear collection that I can afford is just as fabulous

  • Anonymous

    There is nothing about this I like. Every piece seems ruined by some odd detail like the sleeve length, skirt length or proportions. When that isn’t the case I am bored and thinking of the Sears catalog. 

    • Anonymous

      If I had been smart enough to have composed your comment, it would have been my comment.  I feel exactly the same way!  There is just about nothing I like here, and a lot of it looks cheap and off the discount store rack. The florals are especially ugly.  It’s hard for me to believe that this is Donna Karan.

  • Anonymous

    So, let me get this straight—if your name is Donna Karan, you can design wardrobe essentials, and it’s called a collection.
    But if your name is Qristyl Frasier, wardrobe essentials are boring, you need to be edgier, not basic.

    Some of the clothes are very cute, they also look a little *Revenge preppy*

    • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

      An established, successful designer can do a lot of things that a designer with very few accomplishments and sales under her belt can do.

      • Anonymous

        Ahh, guys, I’ve been reading you long enough to know this ;) Thanks for the reminder. It’s a cold, hard world out there for all the Qristyls.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Claudia-Gilbert/875055316 Claudia Gilbert

    I love all the colour blocked dresses.

  • Anonymous

    Hate them all.  I want those Russian Clothes in Snow Storm that you featured the other day.  These?  Meh. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

    The first half of this feels more Spring than Pre-Fall, but they’re all pretty, wearable pieces. I look forward to scrounging for them around TJMaxx next year. 

  • Anonymous

    Prints & bright colors?!  Yay!

  • Anonymous

    what is with that flower pattern? And the red and the british tan leather skirt? not a fan of the color combo.

  • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

    Collections like these make me wonder how much fun it would be to be a girl.