Donna Karan Resort 2013 Collection

Posted on June 05, 2012

Donna Karan described this collection as “rock, paper, crystal, scissors,”  which we don’t quite understand. Still, it’s a pretty collection. Love the pleating and draping. It’s always a simple yet very sophisticated and chic look when it comes to her designs. And somehow, she always manages to make black and white  look fresh. Love the paper- and stone-like fabrics and shades; the structured jackets paired with loose skirts feel very urban and very contemporary. It’s kind of hard not to write a review of Donna Karan clothes without using a lot of the same buzzwords she uses – confident, urban, contemporary – because the brand is so laser-focused that they usually nail exactly what they’re going for every time.


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  • Jessi03

    So beautiful.  I love this collection.

    • Josephine E. Segura

      Karan Resort 2013

  • MilaXX

    LOVE this entire collection and with the exception of the white pants suit I would wear every single piece if I could afford it.

    • I agree, it’s all so wearable and the looks are classic so they fit a wide range of styles and body shapes. Love the skirts!

    • Agreed! With the exception of the gowns, these are super wearable and would look so great in the office or out on the streets. Especially as someone with “more hips,” I love that these silhouettes won’t make me look like a pear.

  • Pennymac

    This is an absolutely beautiful collection that is ruined for me by the model stretching photo shop effect. Really? As if I don’t feel bad enough about my size twelve-itude, now being a mere mortal that’s less than 7 feet tall is a fashion crime as well?

    Apologies for the rant, but sheesh!

    • G

       You are so right – they almost look straight out of a very fashionable horror flick.

      • j_anson

        Word – these silhouettes are physically impossible for my 5’6″ self to achieve. They look lovely on the models – but they’re irrelevant to my life.

    • mellorcr

      Yup, these are egregiously photoshopped.  Models might be maybe 8% longer in the legs than average, but these girls are about 33% longer than average.  If the fashion industry had not already trained us to think near-mutant proportions are attractive, these pics would look freakish!

      • schadenfreudelicious

        it’s especially obvious fourth row, first model in black/white

        • birkatbaby

          that’s because the waist of her skirt is very high and it’s tricking your eye – her torso looks especially short.  That’s how tall these girls actually are.

      • jilly_d

        Egregious is damn right! It’s totally distracting.

    • Tigrrl

      It’s too true, at first I thought they had found a freakishly long-legged 14 year-old model, part giraffe and part human. I get what they were trying to do, but it distracted me too much from the clothes. I couldn’t help trying to reconcile what I was seeing with reality, and failing.

    • TieDye64

      Yes, like they tried to make them look like (insanely proportioned) fashion sketches. 

    • After looking at those pictures, I’m so glad this is the first comment. I had a serious wtf moment.

  • Clueless_Jock

    I generally love it but I sense the influence of Marchesa in a few of the outfits.

  • Anathema_Device

    Some of this is a bit ’80s for me (particularly many of the suits) and I’m not a huge fan of that peach color, but I would wear about 75 percent of these looks quite happily.

  • joe_tey83

     It looks kind of crunchy.

  • Spicytomato1

    Wow, such beautiful and wearable pieces. And I am a sucker for slate gray and that paler gray so the first two rows just make me swoon. Especially those white skirts with the gray print. 

    The bright pink pieces are lovely, too.

  • terekirkland

    Don’t really see “rock” (as opposed to paper/scissors/crystal), but I like what I see! Love the fuller skirted looks in the 2nd and 5th rows.

  • gabbilevy

    Ooohh coveting. 

  • That first dress at the top is fantastic. The last two frames in the second row are genius. As is the skirt in the 2nd frame.  LOVE.

  • sweet_potato


  • bittykitty


  • PeggyOC

    That first pink dress and the second one need to come live in my closet.  I promise to treat them well and not to drink red wine or eat red sauce while wearing them.

  • SpcilK

    I really like how wearable the pieces look. I want the skirts and dress in row 2.

  • Amy Ellinger

    I want this so. freaking. hard!!!

  • love it ALL. WANT it all.

  • Whole lotta wow.

  • Lina_bee

    Ooooooh, most of these are things I would totally wear! That never happens!

  • Love. 

  • 3boysful

    J’adore the whole collection. 

  • There is some strangeness going on with the photos.  No woman has that long a shin!  Look at the length of the models’ legs from ankle to knee.
    Otherwise, yes the black and white look fresh – how do they do that?

  • hughman

    Crystal breaks rock? 

    Whatever it is, I can only imagine the conspiring hand movement for Crystal where you hold out your limp wrist showing off your big imaginary Liz Taylor ring. 

  • Judy_J

    Classy and elegant.  Love it.

  • turtleemily

    I would wear everything except the two outfits that appear to be long-sleeved jumpsuits in the second to last row.

  • PostsYouCanDanceTo

    Here’s my take on Karan’s explanation of the collection, for what it’s worth. Note that they’re not so much guiding principles as they are jumping-off points:

    Rock- color scheme in the greys of the first looks, the mineral-looking prints on the skirts in the second row. Also the stone embellishments from the oversized, gemstone-looking clasps on the first jackets to the embellishments on the cocktail dresses and evening jackets. Also, the dramatic earrings and necklaces worn throughout. Granted, the whites and blacks and peaches (and especially the hot pinks) of the succeeding looks don’t really have “rock” colors.

    Paper – the pleating of the skirts and dresses, the folded collars and coats. Bent and creased and shaped like only paper can be.

    Crystal – I moved my crystal interpretation into rock since they’re kinda one in the same.

    Scissors – Asymmetrical collars and straps. Artfully uneven hemlines.

    The clothes display a lot of techniques, but by describing the collection in a focused, simple phrase, Karan is, I believe, trying to underscore a purity of vision and an economy of focus. This collection isn’t about reimagining the woman’s body or asking questions about society. It’s about beautiful clothes to feel beautiful in, and the means Karan used to create those beautiful clothes. Keep it simple and all that. (Even though some of the looks seem a little difficult to wear, but others, especially the white pieces, are quite minimal).

  • alyce1213

    Really Really Nice x 41. I love it all.
    Thank you DK.

  • M_E_S

    LOVE the full skirts.  I want them allllll

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    clothes are beautiful, wearable–as ever.
    model is either seven feet tall or someone got cocky w/ two handles & rectangle in photoshop–over & over & over & over again.

  • cmb92191

    It is all beautiful. Now I need to jet off to a fabulous resort and wear it all…  (not likely!)

  • Give me one of everything!

  • MzzPants

    What beautiful clothes.

  • I need to see Victoria Grayson in some of these.  Like, right NOW.

  • mjude

    i have always loved her collections & this is no exception.  wish i could wear them all 🙂

  • giiiirrrr

    I want all of the blue/grey pieces please.

  • vanjar

    Hey YOU! Yes, the black and white one (third row, second from the left) your presence is required in my wardrobe.

  • judith traherne


  • marilyn

    This is a nice collection, but it is not resort wear.

    • DeTrop

      Thank you.  When I go to a resort, it’s bathing attire with coverups, high-heel and/or flat sandals and dress up for evenings. Everything light and airy.  A change from City wear.  These look like city clothes.  

  • TieDye64

    Simple and chic. I love almost all of it. Beautiful.

  • I want to go to that kind of resort….

  • meowing

    Thank you, DK, for remembering sleeves.  Some of us like ’em, want ’em, and have a hard time finding ’em on clothes this time of year.

  • Geoff Dankert

    Re her description: Years ago in another life, I interviewed La Karan about some line or other and I asked her to describe it. “Luxury, luxury, luxury … and baby’s blankets,” she said. On the way out, I turned to my colleagues and said, “Guys, I’m gay, and even I didn’t get that.”

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    omg omg omg omg omg i love this stuff,

  • Louise Bryan

    Very beautiful.  Only sour note for me was the purple … jumpsuit (?) bathrobe (?)   Everything else will be seen very soon in my imaginary closet, from which I select a new virtual outfit about 2 or 3 times a day.

  • michelle shields

    Finally! Something I can get on board with!

  • Brendan Schulze

    These nude dresses are definitely going to show up on some celebrity with the entirely wrong coloration for it- and they’ll look like shedding snakes. Someone with darker skin, or even Fanning coloring, MIGHT be able to pull them off, but…. eh. Nude-colored pieces just don’t intrigue me. First white gown in the bottom row will show up on Lea Michele, and I rather adore the black pantsuit, as well as it’s rhinestoned sibling to it’s right.

  • I had high hopes, based on that first picture, but the rest of the collection, with a couple of exceptions, didn’t really wow me.

  • the collection is so-so.
    but the photoshop “artist” really stretched some shins, eh?

  • The thing is, these proportions are insane. If you have to stretch your models’ legs to a ridiculous degree to get chic silhouettes, you may want to reconsider.

  • TSkot

    Gorgeous.  All but one a winner.

  • one of each please!

  • joything

    Gah. WANT. Want the whole thing.

  • This looks a little Cache-ish.

  • Diane_G

    Those are some leggggggggy models.

  • I would rock that first dress in the pink so freaking hard, you don’t even know.

    I’m pretty close to the perfect Donna Karan customer, except for, you know, the salary.

  • guest2visits

    Love most all of this. Love-love-love the jackets over skirt designs; feminine,chic structures.

  • Gorgeous! I’d take just about all of these!

  • Sophie Collier

    Now THIS is a collection!  I love just about every look.

  • Lovely, modern, chic and accessible.  Turns out I’m not sick of origami dresses.

  • Verascity

    I guess I’m in the minority of not really loving this. It feels a little dated to me, and some of it is pure Barbie fashion.

    • Lilak

      I might just be on board with you . . .  This looks more like a better department store runway show than the collection (even a ‘resort’ collection) of a big-name designer

  • TomBord

    I always thought that aside from cut and tailoring, one of Donna’s greatest strengths was editing. Whomever owns that name needs to bring her in. Stat, to do just that!

  • Beautiful collection, but the super stretched legs are creeping me out!

  • DeTrop

    Beautiful clothes but I don’t get ‘resort’.  Where is this place you go to and wear such clothes?  They are too structured and in some cases tailored for resort wear.  This is a beautiful collection for Town and Country.

  • Oh my god. I want all of it.

  • quiltrx

    Oooh, I love it ALL!  Great designs that flatter the body, and those colors are right in my wheelhouse.  Excellent.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    WANT. I just WANT this collection.

  • BayTampaBay

    I want the whole collection.  Will wear as presented on the runway.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    This is the way I would dress every single day if I had the money.  Beautiful clothes, lovely colors, totally wearable.  Gorgeous collection!

  • formerlyAnon

    Like t his, even though most normally proportioned women would look like an unmade bed in some of these – most egregiously the purple in the next-to-last row. But a few of those are par for the DK course. She’s got a far higher proportion of winners in this collection [winner defined as something I – or my taller counterpart – would wear in a heartbeat] than usual, and that’s saying a lot.

  • Liverpoolgirl


  • Diego!

    This shit looks fierce!

  • I was just going through a Vogue Italia from March 1983. Seeing a lot of echoes here. I love this.