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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