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ARTY SCHOOLGIRL

New York: Wearing tilted newsboy caps to balance playful side-ponytails and preppy woolen suiting separates, the models in Donna Karan’s DKNY FW2010 show looked like city schoolgirls with a penchant for poetry. While Karan stuck to classic silhouettes like pea coat, fitted blazer, pleated mini-skirt and trouser, newness came from youthful styling. Polished pieces, like a silk ascot blouse, got a streety edge when worn under heavy vest-coats. Clearly on the same page as her designer peers, Karan also played with contrasting sleeves on jackets and outerwear. Print and pattern selections seemed to be inspired by modern artists, with a Lichtenstein-esque floral and several patterned knits with geometric designs that resembled Kazimir Malevich paintings. True to the designer’s aesthetic, colors stayed primarily dark and neutral, with a few bright accents thrown in. The show was precisely what the designer originally intended for DKNY to be, a younger, more casual version of her signature collection.

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