New York: DKNY looked a lot less urban for Pre-Fall 2012, nearly abandoning recent forays into color blocking and stripes in favor of frilly lace and Celiné-inspired head-to-toe florals. Thankfully, some of the label’s sleekness remained, mostly communicated via bright, monochromatic blouse and skirt combinations, a dimensional, linear scarf print, and leather pieces such as flirtatious A-line skirts and a molded peplum t-shirt. Within the group of feminine looks, knife pleats kept skirts sharp and a simple white lace top proved versatile, but overall the collection seemed to lack this label’s usual wearable cohesion. —Nina Stotler

Silhouette: Straight / Dropped waist / Empire / Slim

Color: Turquoise / Poppy / Black / White / Teal / Cobalt / Navy / Chambray / Pink / Fuchsia / Nude

Key Items: Peplum skirts / Shift dresses / Lace tops / Sheer sleeveless blouses / Slim trousers / Cotton knit tops

Materials: Silk / Lace / Jersey / Chiffon / Leather / Cotton knits / Satin

Print + Pattern: Floral / Stripes / Color blocking

Details + Trim: Peplums / Contrast collars / Pleats / Drawstrings / Ruffles

Accessories + Footwear: Ankle strap, platform heels / Skinny belts

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