Donna Karan Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on February 17, 2012

Pinstripes, double-breasted blazers, tuxedo coats, pocket squares and even jaunty little fedoras dominated this collection. And yet, you couldn’t rightly call any of these elegant looks masculine or even androgynous. Despite their menswear origins, these looks are feminine to the core and in that classic Donna Karan sense of equating it with power. We love the equestrian look, the draped pinstripe dresses, the gorgeous coats, and those killer gowns, especially the tuxedo jacket over the sheer skirt and the red strapless. Sexy, powerful and chic.

 

[Photo Credit: donnakaran.com]

    • Anonymous

      I want to like it, but pretty much all of these looks are so shoulder-broadening and chest-flattening that it looks like they have their bodies on backwards.

      • Anonymous

        Yes – and my shoulders are already broad and my chest flat by nature, I don’t need garments to accentuate that even more!

    • Jessica Rowe

      I love this collection.  Although the hats remind me of that SATC scrunchie episode… 

      • Anonymous

        They remind me of the very silly scene from Wrongfully Accused that takes place in a tackle shop . . .

    • Anonymous

       I feel like that very first olive blouse is what Rami tried and failed to achieve last week.

      • Anonymous

         Perhaps if Rami had draped the blouse rather than Frankenseamed it, he’d still be there. I will reaffirm that I had no trouble with the color combo and think royal blue and acid green can be quite effective together. In fact, I have an acid green suit that looks spectacular with a royal blue silk tank.

    • Anonymous

      OH! Love them all! Well, except for the middle one in the last row. I guess that means that it harks back to the early 80′s, but this is the 80′s I loved, looking back at the 40′s and 50′s. And as an hourglass, I looked pretty damned hot in them!

      • Anonymous

        We must have similar taste. That piece was the only one I didn’t love

    • http://www.thirteen.org/downton-abbey/category/the-downton-dish/ Gotham Tomato

      Wow, wow, WOW!! This is a gasp-worthy collection!! Seriously stunning.

      I usually don’t go for the origami look, but the twist if using the pinstripes and other masculine fabrics this way is so smart and surprising, it just works. This is the best collection I have seen from her in YEARS! Just elegant.

      –GothamTomato

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VBWWGHZEBKTVQMXE5SO5NCU2I Mich

        totally agree, i love the coats and the formal separates. and i have to say, i love the hats! i want to wear those hats every day!

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      Very beautiful.

    • Anonymous

      Want it all.  ALL.  I wish women’s hats would come back.  I guess we need to appeal to the Pope or something?  

      • Anonymous

        I wear hats all the time.  Because almost no one else does, they all go on clearance and I snatch them up!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Teresa-Rebecca-Cunningham/100000219160779 Teresa Rebecca Cunningham

      I’m not a fan of the sleeveless looks, maybe it’s the models but they look like linebackers. 

    • Anonymous

      Love the dresses-made-from-business-suits looks.

    • Anonymous

      Now this collection makes me wish I had money to burn.

    • Anonymous

      Anyone else thing much of this just screams “Tilda” ?

      • Anonymous

        Yup.

      • Anonymous

         SWINTON!!!  My thoughts exactly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/vsticker Vera E Sticker

      That first dress and, surprisingly to me, the chartreuse suit are KILLER.  I can see SWINTON owning quite a few of these.

      • Anonymous

        What chartreuse suit??

    • Anonymous

      I always say “Maybe next year I’ll like Donna Karen.” and every year I shake my head. They just look so sloppy to me.

    • Anonymous

      oh if I only had a prepubescent boy’s chest.

    • Anonymous

      I hope she sent YSL a commission check. 

    • Anonymous

      Doesn’t the model in the red coat and red hat look like Matt Damon?

      • Anonymous

        Yes.

    • Anonymous

      I’m liking the designs but not all the black and that brown/green/baby shit color is really repulsive.

    • Anonymous

      It is seriously feminine, waaaay too much so for my taste, but killer.  
      Well, OK, I can’t get behind the first look, or the pinstripe one that echoes it.  I suppose it’s fashion, but – no.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      This is a really beautiful collection.

    • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

      I want it ALL!!!  However, red eye shadow is never attractive, looks like an infection ;)

    • Anonymous

      This may be out of left field, but I think Jane Lynch in the very last one shouldered red gown would SLAY.  

      • Anonymous

        I was thinking I’d like to see someone wear that to the Oscars. She would look great in it. With her, it often looks like the dress is wearing her. But with this one, I think she would own the look.

    • Anonymous

      Love this collection and would take each and every piece, including the hats!

    • Anonymous

      I want to love this so badly. On paper it should be the kind of collection I  instantly adore. But it’s falling curiously flat for me. I think it’s the deconstructed-type feeling that I’m getting from the whole collection. It feels almost haphazard, even though I know it’s obviously not. Pretty much the only thing that’s actually catching my eye is that first red jacket, which is gorgeous and which I would love to own. Other than that, though, nothing’s really resonating. I am disappoint.

    • Anonymous

      Want. It. All. And the life that goes with it…even the hats. NOW.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, gorgeous! I’ll take one of each, except bottom row middle.

    • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

      I want the job of matching the angles on every single hat.  It’s the obsessive-compulsive in me.

    • Anonymous

      I love it that Karan took a few basic themes (bias cut/diagonal, menswear, a limited pallette, no ornamentation), ran them through all these permutations, and came out with a stunning, unified, but by no means boring collection.  What a professional!  Classic yet trendy, imaginative yet grounded, she really knows how to make clothes that are eminently SELLABLE.  Although I’m not rich or model thin, I would love to have just about any of these numbers in my closet.  (OK, not the fuzzy coat.)  Brava!

    • Anonymous

      Love the first dress

    • http://twitter.com/Emcee_Escher R. Beers

      A lot of this collection begs for Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett to wear it.

    • Anonymous

      Ohhhh.  Me likey!

    • Anonymous

      Classy with an attitude.  I like!

    • Anonymous

      I love it. This is a perfect mix of masculine and feminine elements. I want to see Tilda Swinton wear everyone of these looks (especially the middle picture in the top row). I could also see Kate Blanchet wear a few of these looks.

    • http://twitter.com/deusxmac kim bunchalastnames

      tilda! tilda!  tilda!  … cate.

    • MilaXX

      I like a lot of this. That first dress is one of the few times that sort of origami drapey thing works for me. I would love to see someone wear that on the RC. The hats are silly, but work for the runway. I really want to see some of these dresses on the RC, especially the pinstripe dresses and that gold blouse pinstripe skirt combo.

    • Anonymous

      This should be called “SWINTON! Fall 2012

    • Victoria Sharoyan

      GORGEOUS.

    • Anonymous

      Dear world.  Please make this collection take off.  I want to see it everywhere.  Especially that look under the creepy close fur jacket.  It reminds me of Kidman’s Satine during “Show Must Go On.”

    • Anonymous

      I love this sort of stuff from anybody so for me this is the best I’ve seen from DK in a while. Yay!

    • Anonymous

      Knocked it out of the park. Such amazing shapes. Love! Love! Love!

    • Anonymous

      If I could dress like an equestrian bitch warrior from outer space with a 1940s fetish every damn day, I would never look back.

      • Pennymac

        Haha! Yes! Me too.

    • Kyle Crawford

      Is Meryl in the black and white a little too obvious ?

      • Kyle Crawford

        LOVE this collection…

    • Anonymous

      I am dying of fashion lust over here.  I want that tailcoat ensemble SO FUCKING BAD.

    • Anonymous

      This is MINE. ALL MINE.

    • Tom Shea

      God damn. Awesome.

    • Anonymous

      twenty or thirty or even more years ago i never woulda thunk it but this woman improves w/ age.
      all the avanty stuff tends to look passé five minutes or five hours after it hits the street these days but donna karan’s stuff almost unbelievably just gets fabulouser & fabulouser. i dont care if thats a word, it should be. & heres & to hers is where it applies. she’s joined the ranks of the great late 20th century female cutters shapers sewers real life couturiers [ie: DvF, VW, betsey johnson, et al] –not necessarily designers in the mode of rei kawakubo [although obviously via VW, they certainly can be] but women who make glorious clothes that make women look glorious in the real world.

    • Anonymous

      3rd row from the bottom, center will be on Meryl Streep any day now.

    • Anonymous

      Oh my – I loved every single look. Wish I could somehow rock a jaunty little fedora like that!

    • Anonymous

      Some great pieces here.  I love the feminine take on traditionally masculine fabrics & shapes.  Hate wrap skirts though – they are so impractical, only good for standing.  You sit down in a wrap skirt, you better plunk that napkin in your lap right away or else risk an undies flash.

    • Anonymous

      Hate the hats

    • Anonymous

      In my dream life, I have the money and body to wear the grey pantsuit in the 5th row, on the left.

    • Anonymous

      One of the best collections so far. The eye makeup is just stupid though.

    • Anonymous

      Love the detachable collars!

    • Miranda Neville

      No very interesting. And I HATE the hats. They should be csst into outer darkness along with putty colored pumps

    • Anonymous

      Gorgeous collection. I especially love the dresses and gowns. Kinda hate the hats, though.

    • Anonymous

      They should have used some black in this collection.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe it’s partly the styling, but the dresses especially look like Project Runway pieces.  Disappointing collection.

    • Anonymous

      Real equestrian clothes–real saddle suits–make everyone look equally bad. That way your attention will stay on the horse, where it belongs. 

    • Anonymous

      I LOVE this collection. Especially the various asymmetrical black-on-black touches.

    • Anonymous

      3 rows from the bottom (L to R): Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis. Make it so.

    • Sarah Thomas

      Paging Rosalind Russell.

    • http://twitter.com/IamDaBee Antonija Mitt

      Gorgeous. 

    • Sophie Collier

      LOVE IT. Oh my goodness, between this one and the Ralph Lauren collection, I’m looking forward to the less-pricey knock-offs this fall. 

    • http://twitter.com/amndad amanda lynn

      i want.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t believe you were able to appreciate the collection with all those hideous ankle strap shoes out there on the runway. Love the collection and the shoes. Sexy, edgy, and retro chic.

    • kolokOlchik

      wow, how classically gorgeous!

    • NICHOLAS PASQUALE

      Only word that came to mind: Sumptuous.

      These look like confident, powerful women.