DKNY Spring 2013 Collection

Posted on September 10, 2012


Once again – and forevermore  – the DKNY show was about the strong, confident, New York City woman with places to go and people to see. It’s always about finding the power in femininity with Donna Karan. This time around, it was power suits with sheer blouses, sportswear that looked like activewear, ligh washed denims paired with crisp whites, and shots of bright yellow, B&W camo, silver, and the ever-present (and highly practical) NYC standard black throughout. A bold, yet wearable collection of looks. It’s never about excess with DKNY. It’s about being stylish while getting your shit done.



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  • Just look at this collection. Hot, wearable by a huge range of sizes and shapes, sexy, easy and lovely.  Great work, Donna K!!!!

    • Can we please keep the Project Runway-related commentary to the Project Runway posts, of which there are many? We’d appreciate it.

    • I’m a short girl with wide hips, and I have to say, I can see myself in a lot of these looks. I love a collection that has pencil skirts, A-lines, skinny pants, wide pants, formfitting dresses, loose dresses… and it all feels very chic without losing ease.

  • Love it! So simple.

  • Patricia Gillett

    I’m already in love with quite a few pieces. Nice job from Team DKNY.

  • MilaXX

    I always like her collections. I even want the platform sneakers

  • mshesterp

    More please!  That’s my kind of look–I am LOVING that yellow dress.  Easy, simple, beautiful, flattering.

  • I really hope that light washed demin does not make a comeback. 

    Love the beige pants in the 7th row, center photo

    • I do not personally wear light wash denim but as a girl with small hips i can understand why someone would.

    • turtleemily

       I was worried more about the fanny packs.

  • Aurumgirl

    I think she’s figured out the trick:  make beautiful, flattering clothing that all kinds of women will want to (and be able to) wear.  It will sell.  Really sell.  And the customers will be hooked and keep coming back. (I do not know why this “trick” is just so hard for so many other designers to grasp).

  • alyce1213

    These clothes are really fine, but a couple of items confound me: silver pencil skirt and T-shirt, denim long sleeved blouse.  I don’t know why, these just stick out as “what was she thinking?” items to me.

    I find some of her models unreasonably skinny, you know, where the calves are thinner than the kneecaps.  I would hope for more awareness from her, especially as a woman designer.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       I actually really like the silver pencil skirt and tee combo. That skirt could easily be too much, but the casual tee keeps it cool. Chacun à son goût!

      • alyce1213

        I don’t dislike it, I love pencil skirts.  It just doesn’t look designed in any way — more like random off the rack thrown together to me.

  • fungstyle

    minus the camo pieces, love pretty much every bit of this. 

    • Kristin McNamara

      Ditto. That camo is hiddy.
      The yellow gown is beautifully simple and yet freaking gorgeous.

  • eh. just…

  • AuntieAnonny

    First time in a long while that I can seriously say this: DK hit it out of the park this season. Very nice.

  • spooki C

    I can’t approve of those super baggy denim dad shorts. Ew X2. The yellow maxi dress is cute though.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I want almost every íece. What a beautiful collection.

  • Oh, please, please tell me that butt packs aren’t making a comeback! Those don’t look good on anyone

    Other than that quibble, this is a very nice, normal, wearable collection. Not fond of the camo, but that’s just me. 

    • janetjb

       I saw fanny packs in photos from at least one other collection.

    • amf0001

      I was just thinking,  I love butt packs – so truly practical, and to find one that isn’t revolting,  well that’s a pleasure!  (I wonder how much they cost?  could I feasibly buy one?)

  • ringthing

    Great clothes, but those high top sneaks w/ the tabs look just like walking cast, esp in black.

  • Lilithcat

    White dress, third row, center is mine. The perfect summer city dress.  Yes, I know it’s white, but if I don’t eat a barbecued boneless rib sandwich while wearing it, I should be fine.

  • VicksieDo

    I love it, it’s easy breezy beautiful!

  • quiltrx

    Classy and looks very easy to wear…like DKNY usually does.  I bet the skirts/gowns moved beautifully, judging from the skills here.

  • Le_Sigh

    I’ve been obsessed with maxi/midi dresses this past year.  LOVE the subtle leg slit on the yellow and white numbers!  It screams, “I’m chic and fabulous, I have places to go and don’t need stuff that will get in my way.  This means you – kthanksbye!”

  • jmorino08

    I like these looks, but can we call jeans, white blouses and tank dresses “fashion.” she certainly hasn’t done anything new with these standards. It is, however, nice to see something on the runaway that reflects how “real women” dress. Very classic. Just not very original.

  • Anathema_Device

    She does know how to cut clothes for most women’s shapes. That said, nothing here is inspiring fashion lust in me. It is a nice, serviceable collection.

  • Gets the job done, for sure.  I think I’ll pass on the mesh top with no bra scenario, but I do love those maxi dresses. 

  • Love the little sheer panels. Can definitely see some of those dresses popping up on the RC.

  • mmc2315

    TLo wrote:  “It’s about being stylish while getting your shit done.”
    Exactly!  I’m always belly aching “I cannot wear that!  I’ve got shit to do!”  LOL

    Thank you DKNY!

  • PinkLemon

    the chambray/white skirt combo was inspired.

    • juliamargaret

      Yes, I loved that look!

  • Kyle Crawford

    I see jean skirt and white t-shirt —- Im thinking Ms. Karan totally phoned this one in while getting ready for Barbra’s Brooklyn show…..

  • Spicytomato1

    Lovely, sporty, easy. Makes me wish I was a NYC woman (with a big bank account).

  • l_c_ann

    There are two looks with faded denim arms tied at and below the models’ waists,  I don’t see them attached to any shirts.  Those models are so slim that I’d expect a wraparound from the yokes of the shirts the arms were attached to.Please tell me those are decorative. 
    (I live in a less than perfect world, I don’t see blazing white as being city (or anywhere else) appropriate for mere mortals, only for those who go from Limo to Doorman to perfect shops/houses/ worlds.)

  • annieanne

    Fanny packs? Seriously?
    Love the gowns. Hate the camo and the silver.
    The rest looks pretty standard.

  • j_anson

    I dunno. Maybe I’m just cranky this morning, but boooooooriiiing. I like some of the color-blocking, I guess. The long, loose dresses never look good on anyone not a model.

  • Are the bathing suits also body suits? Of just one or the other?

  • Snailstsichr

    I have an irrational hatred of camo when used in a non military setting. I even grit my teeth to make an exception for hunters.

  • lizajane1776

    THAT’S supposed to be camo? I guess I am officially Wisconsin now, it wasn’t any of the patterns I recognise. LOL.
    Love the whole collection, many pieces that even I could wear.
    Even in Wisconsin.

  • granddelusion

    Apparently, it’s also about dragging your dress through the street.

  • Zippypie

    Even though we’ve seen a lot of this before, Donna Karan just nails the fashionable urban woman.

  • marilyn

    This is really off the rack stuff.  Not one interesting or unusual design.  This has all been done before, but paired wit more tasteful shoes.

    • AnaRoW

       Isn’t that the point of DKNY? It’s stuff that normal people can afford and wear.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    uninspired but probably becoming when worn.

  • SewingSiren

    Looks a little more suburban than urban to me. 

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I bet Blake Lively has already ordered up that yellow gown for her very own.

    Love the silver high-waisted skirt and the general feel of this collection. Let us not speak of the pants-with-built-in-tied-sleeves and buttoned-to-the-collar short-sleeved button-down ensemble ever again. 

  • I’ll take the black, 5th row center, please, and make the skirt a little longer, as befits my “woman of a certain age” status.  Thanks.

  • formerlyAnon

    I would pull nearly half of these off the rack to try – which considering that I am past 50, short and far from model thin is testimony to how she remains perennially popular.

  • crash1212

    Love the clothes…LOVE the shoes…does DK do shoes?

    • butterflysunita

      Yes!  I have a pair of DKNY sandals.  

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  • Buffy

    Love it all!  

  • LilyPad

    I really love the bold, chic understatedness of this collection. Going to try to ignore the “look at my one leg!” dresses and hope they can take a hint

  • butterflysunita

    Nothing earth-shattering, but yes, many of these clothes can go in my closet right now and I will wear them all of them.  

  • I like this collection a whole lot.  I wouldn’t mind one of everything.

  • EEKstl

    Knockout.  I never thought a button-down jean shirt and white pencil skirt would look that fabulous.  Who knew?

  • ccm800

    ALL the denim is HIDEOUS. The pants are terrible and the rest is so basic it’s ridiculous. Blah.

  • guest2visits

    Love-love the simple white frock in the top row/center. And several other pieces too.
    Sometimes the simplest designs are just as elegant and desirable as the most elaborate or intricate ones.

  • Ohhhhh, nooo honey…. mama doesn’t do light colored denim!  BUT, the silver skirt in the fourth row and the black fitted pants in the fifth row?  Mama likes!

  • blondie65

    The 9th row…that black/grey pattern is tdf and I LOVE the jacket!! Also the first row, middle…I really like the lines of that white dress…just so perfect for so many body types.  Here’s hoping it will be produced in some other color/patterns (I can’t wear white…I just can’t…ever time I try, I spill something on it. Really. I’ve given up.  I’ll go months and months with no problems. The first time I wear white…….coffee, mustard, wine…sometimes all in one day….sigh…)

  • Jessica Vann

    Oh no. We are not bringing fanny back. The denim jacket tied around the waist can stay in the 90’s too.