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NEW YORK + PARIS

New York: Without abandoning the distinctly New York aesthetic that defines her labels, Donna Karan took a cue from the Parisians for her S/S 11 DKNY collection. Likely inspired by the many ways in which French women style their scarves, Karan designed her own “heritage scarf,” from which she constructed draped silk tops and a chic cowl-neck mini dress. The DKNY heritage scarf was incorporated into many other ensembles as well, but styled more traditionally around the neck. Although abundant, the collection’s Euro influences were subtle. Graceful flounces added sophisticated femininity to necklines, and girly tiers of ruffles were piled onto youthful mini skirts and floral dresses. Additional French flair came from black bow belts that were styled nonchalantly to the side. Even though the clothes clearly possessed a Parisian sensibility, Karan’s loyalty to her city was never in doubt. The runway backdrop, covered in giant graphic puns like “Big Apple of My Eye,” assured the audience that Donna’s love of New York is undying.

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