Donna Karan Fall 2013 Collection

Posted on February 20, 2013


There are far, far more competent trend forecasters out there than us, and if you really want to keep your finger on What’s Next, you’d do well to consult them, but it seemed to us, this season, that the trend is moving definitively toward silhouette. We’re heading into a period where shape is going to take center stage, and you’re going to see – and have seen already – more accentuated shoulders, necklines, and hips; more flow and drape and drama. In that sense, Donna Karan is exactly where she needs to be with this collection; right where fashion is heading at the moment. But what impressed us was how much this collection pushes against the expectations of the brand; how it feels like a hard right turn after the past couple of seasons. We found it bold, sensual and interesting, with – as always – a ton of wearable, gorgeous pieces for the confident urban woman.




[Photo Credit: Getty]

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    • Clueless_Jock

      Haute Goth. I approve.

    • filmcricket

      Sigh. I infinitely prefer simple shapes and interesting prints to the other way around. But the textures here are lovely.

    • Kiltdntiltd

      This woman never disappoints. What a great, cool, sexy, grown up collection of looks.

    • Synnae

      Just throw that whole collection in my closet please fashion deities. Fits in very well with my Rick Owens Haute Goth (great phrase Clueless Jock. So stealing that!)

      • YoungSally

        OOH — I want some Rick Owens….

        • Synnae

           Who doesn’t?

          • YoungSally

            Probably leading edge hipsters who are busy trying to revive the Laura Ashley dress.

            • Synnae

               And look like sh*t doing so…

    • Kim Brightman

      Best collection of the bunch.

    • AuntieAnonny

      “a ton of wearable, gorgeous pieces”

      Erm, no.

      • gabbilevy

        Le sigh. I usually love DK but this is all too much for its own good.

        • cooperalden

          These hems just always say “I ran out of ideas” to me.

      • Amelia

         I would like to live in a world where a full length gown with attached cape was considered wearable.

    • kimmeister

      Needing to work out your obliques also seems to be trending.

      Anyway, I like the middle coat in the 3rd row, although I could never pull off those exaggerated shoulders myself.

    • MK03

      With Uma Thurman as special guest model.

    • bd73

      impressive jackets and coats.

      • LearnedFoot

        Absolutely! I want each and every one of them – and I’d wear them, too!

        The jackets are so good that they look really incongruous with the skirts, which all look super-cheap. Poor choice of material?

    • MzzPants

       Maybe it’s because there’s no taxi cab in the background, but this seems softer, quieter…more hushed than her recent work…like snowfall in the city.

    • marlie

      There are only a couple of pieces that I could see myself wearing, but the whole collection screams Donna Karan without being repetitive of her past work. And I totally picture the woman who would wear this.

    • Vlasta Bubinka

      moss never sleeps

    • Mightiadd

      Nice tailored coats – wearable.  The rest would be for…the office? …meeting the future in-laws?… maybe posing and looking terribly bored at a gallery opening…oh and of course all those social events that everyone must attend on a daily basis.

    • Rebecca Hatcher

      I’m loving all the swooshy capes! But also, does this look a little 90’s star-trek to anyone?

      • barbarienne

         It totally looks 90s Trek, but with better fabrics and construction. It’s like Star Trek with a Lord of the Rings costume budget.

        • AuntHo

          You geniuses. Now I love all this even more.

    • barbarienne


      I would wear everything here, even if I looked like crap in it. (I am of course assuming it would be tailored to my size, and that the sheer fabrics would be lined or replaced by something not sheer.)

      Also: how hard are those models walking to make their ponytails swish up like that?

      • Aurumgirl

        I would wear everything here, too–with a little less stretchy/clingy/sheer (still there, just modified).  I am by no means slim and tall; just tall and big.  And I know it would all look good on me–because it is designed to do that!

        • barbarienne

           I am also tall and big. Definitely these clothes could work for all body types.

      • ankali

         I love how the ponytails are swishing! The Donna Karan girl got places to be, motherfuckers!

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I would honestly wear those coats and jackets if they came in my size and someone wanted to ship them to my house free of charge. Or at a reasonable charge. That’s who I want to be, the person who wears the outfit in row 7, #1.

    • Zippypie

      I was really hoping asymetrical hems would go away into the night.  The coats are lovely, very chic.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Too neutral, too glum.  Not loving this.

      • Beardslee

         I so agree.  A joyless color palette.

    • PaulaBerman

      Why does so much of this collection look like it has been afflicted with a near-fatal case of static cling?

    • carolie_king


    • PastryGoddess

      I love that grey dress with the cloak. Love this collection

    • Pudgy Possum

      not that impressed…something is lacking here. (And I’m all for minimalism!)

    • quiltrx

      Love it except for the furry bits (just not my thing).  The coats/jackets are giving me life!

      And…I’m fairly sure the next-to-bottom center look belongs to Florence Welch.

    • Marian Humin

      Oh yeah!

    • PeaceBang

      Pretty fabulous. So much movement, the eye can barely keep up. Swoon for the cape with the fur cowl with the modified Hammer pants. It’s a WERQ. As if 7.1. The clinginess of the fabric bugs me because it looks cheap, but that’s a minor quibble.

    • makeityourself

      Love the tone-on-tone dressing. Especially when it continues through hosiery and footwear. Gotta hand it to her, the Donna POV is consistent.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      The woman knows what women like her like. I would gladly wrap myself in most of this, especially the coats and sweaters. Love you, Donna.

    • ankali

      LOVE each and every one of the grey dresses. As a broad-shouldered and short-torsoed gal, though, I’m not looking forward to more accentuated shoulders.

    • Judi Townsend

      Love it, but have no reason to ever wear clothes like this. Is it just me or is the San Francisco lifestyle one of casual clothes exclusively? Even when I go to a nice restaurant or out to dinner it is casual city.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Short camel jacket, third row.  I need it.

    • shopgirl716

      Hm, sheer black hose too – which I have always thought can be really sexy.  

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    • DeTrop

      I’ve got to get to Weight Watchers.  Love this collection.  It’s so NY.

    • Andrea B

      Bene Gesserit party frocks.. I approve!

    • kingderella

      karan – she always brings it.

    • mjude


    • Carina

      That camel coat is perfection. Something to fantasize about.

    • DinnerIsServed1972

      Please tell me that ponchos are coming back.

    • Artis Diggins

      I will always see ‘Manhattan’ when I see her clothes- Love it. Plus the wind sweep on the ponytail is so incredibly ‘chic girl on 5th avenue’, it’s driving me insane…

    • Pants_are_a_must

      Too-busy looks. Too much going on. DK was always good for drama, but this is not a collection full of wearable pieces. This is a collection of pieces that can only be worn by PhD-level wearers.

    • Sarah Wacksmuth Tyrchniewicz

      Loved this collection! But two of my favorite pieces were not included here in this write up. Can see the whole thing on Donna Karan’s site though. It’s fun. :)

    • mmc2315

      Sigh.  I love me some DK.   Looking at some of the other designers’ collection, I’ll have a “Wow, what beautiful clothes!” type of reaction.  But when I see DK, my reaction is more along the lines of “I want to BE that girl, wearing those clothes!”

    • JauntyJohn

      Yes! This! This! All of this!
      (I love me some dramatic urban drama which looks actually wearable in the world).

    • Tamra Salyer

      I covet the “Who Down in Whoville” fur hat in the 4th row.  I could totally make that work.  😉

    • Joyce VG

      CHILLS! Gorgeous. 

    • Agatha Guilluame

      Wasn’t there a Russian or Polish chick on Project Runway who made the same kinds of coats we see in the 3rd, 4th and fifth rows? Clearly aunt Karan is spending too much time watching reality tv because its creeping into her homework. 

    • Imasewsure

      Love the collection overall but hate those wonky hems

    • Stubenville

      Little Wednesday Addams is all grown up now, isn’t she?

    • NePlusUltra

      Quintessential Karan. So much serious lady earth tone presence. Love it.

    • Lily-Rygh

      That first look is so gorgeous, so sexy/dramatic/chic, and I’m afraid Angeline Jolie is going to wear it and ruin it for me!

    • formerlyAnon

      Of course I don’t like most of the drapery, I never do – but some of it looks STUNNING on the models, so I can’t condemn it, really.

      As usual with Karan, I am convince that had I a great deal of money for clothing, I’d be returning to her year after year for a few pieces.

    • Pamela

      Yeah, nice & all but I don’t see any of this stuff anywhere other than on very skinny people in NYC.  I’d be surprised if it got out of the state.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      oooooooooooooooooh.  love it.

    • FancyPhilly

      Every outfit here (and perhaps it is the styling) looks like what all the Russian gangster-wives at my children’s school will be wearing for pick-up next fall.

    • libraangel

      Never, ever thought I would like Donna Karan (by her past collections) but I LOVE LOVE everything here

    • libraangel

      p.s. I love the collection so much that I looked at everything again. Best of all. Some seem inspired from the clothes of the 1930’s, a decade of super fashions in my opinion.