DKNY Fall 2014 Collection

Posted on February 10, 2014

A lot of times – most of the time, in fact – when a very established designer makes a play for a youthful street aesthetic, they tend to miss the mark in embarrassing ways, forcing us to wonder if they’ve ever actually seen a young person on the street in the last 15 years.  But with this collection, DKNY pretty much nailed it. Not that we’re seeing a lot of young people walking the streets in huge leather skirts, but in terms of that slouchy, layered, mish-mash of an aesthetic (hip-hop + vintage + activewear) that characterizes late-Millenials, she really captured it and then scaled it up for a New York runway. It was the most energetic collection we’ve ever seen from the brand, which is known for being energetic as it is. It helped the show tremendously to populate it with real kids who aren’t models. They brought the whole room up and you could tell how thrilled they were to be walking this runway looking like this.





[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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  • Jessica Freeman

    Not my thang, but definitely appreciated.

    I cannot see DKNY without thinking of my mother, who excitedly got a great piece of DKNY on sale, and while telling me about it pronounced it “Dinkney”. Once I stopped laughing, I kindly told her its D-K-N-Y.

    • Kate Andrews

      Oh, how funny.

    • Julie Ree

      Back in my retail days, the older women would look confused and think it was another way to spell Donnkenny.

    • Kent Roby

      Ha, I used to think that FCUK was just a rude intentional misspelling until I saw a French Connection store in London!

      • Danielle

        Oh! Oh! Story time! I had a French Connection tee that said “FCUK FASHION” on it in small-ish black letters. My mom miss-interpreted it and threw it away when she found it in the laundry.

    • I once had to help a lady find the Lee Cruzzette kitchenware…

      • kittenwithaquip

        I cannot see “Versace” without wanting to do my best Nomi Malone impersonation: “Oh I love VerSAYCE!”

  • Kent Roby

    I will cut a bitch (or whatever term the street urchins are using these days) for those houndstooth tennis shoes.

  • mmebam

    Well played, DK. Well played…

  • Danielle

    Digging the lace touches, but it’s mostly not my thing. I must be getting old.

  • Kate Andrews

    I like everything but the Pepto-pink ensemble. And I’m wearing a wool cape by DKNY today. It is so warm!

    • Agreed – that bubblegum pink should never see the light of day.

      • MilaXX

        yeah that one is a needle scratch for me.

        • demidaemon

          I agree. It looks like it wondered in from the Monique Lullier collection.

    • Ann VerWiebe

      Sadly, if I was still in my 20s, I would be knocking off the pink number as we speak.

  • Alyssa

    If I could pick just one look for myself, it would be the bottom thumbnail on the left…love the capelike quality of the dress, and the pop of pink on the sleeves! But then, I wear pink just about every day.

  • Anna

    I love the last look, reminds me of Lauryn Hill in her heyday. The oversize bomber itself is to die, as is the blue plaid minidress and coat.

    • SugarSnap108

      That plaid minidress and coat are my fave.

  • Sarah

    Love the green & black wool skirt and cape outfit! Not sure if I like the creeper/Dutch wooden shoe combo look for the feet, but that’s personal taste.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    That striped black-gray-yellow coat? I’ll take one, please.

  • Siiigh I love/want pretty much everything. Especially that black/grey suit (right above the poncho outfit of the same material) – I’d wear the shit out of that, to work as a suit, for play as separates, waaaant iiiit.

  • formerlyAnon

    God I LOVE the enormous-legged slouchy pants. There seem to be equal numbers of gorgeous and godawful coats.

  • YoungSally

    the long sweater long skirt combination reminds me of Perry Ellis circa ’82-83

    • The Versatile Chef

      YES! I had that going on back then.

  • NMMagpie

    Awesomeness. The long gown is giving me LIFE.

  • MilaXX

    I think the styling is a bit too try hard but I like the clothes, especially the coats. Please send me the yellow/gray/black striped, the long blue pea coat and the pullover with the burgundy fur.

  • 25/32 is Johnny Depp & River Phoenix’s love child, isn’t he?

  • Nicole Little

    I like the clothes more on real models… makes it easier to see myself in them!

  • marlie

    I’m not in love with the clothes, but I love the personality that was brought to the show by having a diverse group of “real people” as models.

  • Jennifer Schiller

    I want so much of this. That big blue plaid coat and dress, the oversized bomber and leather mini, that amazing grey and black wool suit and the cape in the same pattern. Just gorgeous and a fantastic job using real people.

    While I love some of the more intricate and couture collections, this is the first I’ve felt is wearable while still maintaining an interesting POV.

    • i want that blue plaid coat NOW!

    • ballerinawithagun

      That royal blue plaid ensemble is fabulous!

  • fananafanafophalec

    YAAAAAAAASSS So impressed with Angel Haze for walking.

  • decormaven

    That coat in shot number 13 is very fine. The pink outfit is the only off note.

    • Saturnine

      Agree, don’t like either of the pinks.

  • lalahartma

    I approve. I even want some things!

  • another_laura

    Not real models? Could have fooled me, they all look like pros in these stills.

    I’m digging most of this, especially the houndstooth tunic and the tiger stripe-ish ensemble. A lady like me could still rock some of these pieces.

  • Harry

    Holy shit this is incredible. The 2nd look (under TLos thoughts) left me speechless, the styling is so on point with this whole Alos love the guys with tattoos, adds a nice vibe to the collection. Loving the random yellows too

  • JasmineAM

    I need the tattooed guy on my doorstep ASAP.

    • formerlyAnon

      I did think he was the right kind of pretty . . .

  • MilaXX

    Just realized a lot of these pleather pieces remind me of looks plus sized design JIBIRI did last year.

  • Hitting all the right notes. I hope they got to keep the clothes! Slouchy and oversized is the opposite of what works on me personally but there’s no denying how fashionable this collection is. The gray/black/yellow striped coat, near-camo print skirt suit, striped fur coats, and caped slouchy dress are particular favorites.

  • MemHey

    Never before have I seen a runway show in which I thought, “Hey, I could be friends with these people!” So, well done! But, of course, if they were friends with me they’d be smiling.

  • LaSylphide

    Too bad I’m 50 years too old to wear these clothes; I really like them.

    • Imasewsure

      You can still wear them (“judiciously” as Tim would say). Start with that amazing Letterman jacket… SQUEEEEEEEEE!!

  • Saturnine

    Love this collection; especially the blue houndstooth and plaid. I especially love your commentary about the energy in the room, T & Lo; I always like knowing how the collections were shown/received.

  • vickilu

    I usually hate all things DK, but this is perfect. Amazing work!

  • The Versatile Chef

    Too much Hat of Satan for my tastes.

  • Glam Dixie

    Love the models but 90% of the clothes look like smacked ass. This is clearly for a demo that I do not get.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    I’ll pretty much die if I don’t get my hands on that mega hi-low poncho.

  • sleepycat

    Love this! Tragically I need the letterman shorter, because otherwise i would look like I’m turning into the Wicked Witch of the West in a rainstorm.

    I also cheer the heavy use of people of color, it is refreshing to see beauty comes in different shades and hair textures. Although, they are basically slight bigger then normal model size and have cheekbones (not all though) for days. hmm

  • demidaemon

    I actually really like this, although that pink dress is way out of left field. Just really cool clothes on a variety of interesting looking people. Perfect.

  • Qitkat

    I do love the odd drapey cape poncho thing. Very cool.
    The rest of the clothing makes me feel as if I wandered into the wrong party which had an age cutoff of 19.

  • quiltrx

    Well, this Gen X’er can’t say she loves any of this, except for some of those killer pointy-toed boots.
    But I had to say, the model casting is GENIUS. You can really see the *actual people* the line was designed for…and it says something for the line (even though it’s not my thing) that it looks great on so many different types of people.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I LOVE the androgyny in some of the styling…and THOSE BRAIDS! I think the ONLY appropriate time to listen to “Whip My Hair” is when you have those braids and can beat some people up with them!

  • SierraDelta

    I like a lot of these clothes, but the shoes. . .oy vey, some of the models look like they’re clomping around in miniature rubber Viking ships.

  • Diego!

    It’s OK. Kinda shapeless, some dresses I mean, don’t they? I adored the male ensembles. I’m gonna buy those outfits for myself 😀

  • J. Preposterice

    that striped coat — I am bouncing and chanting BLACK AND YELLOW BLACK AND YELLOW to myself.

  • ckokopuff

    God, she knows how to dress men better than anyone.