New York: DKNY unveiled an accessible and tightly edited offering for Pre-Fall. Like a younger, city-savvy sister to Donna Karan’s more grown-up eponymous line, this collection proved that the designer still has an innate knack for knowing what modern girls want. Wearable basics like pleated skirts, silk shirts and cropped pants were belted with wide ribbons tied into girlish bows. The color palette cycled from spring-like white cottons into sunny yellow, green, sky blue, fuchsia and red silks, grounded by black, cream and beige. A lipstick motif enlivened a knit top and a simple shift dress was the canvas for a retro Marimekko-type abstract. Creating an of-the-moment silhouette, a shrunken leather bomber was paired with a polka dot midi-skirt. Tailored silk shirts were tucked into matching pants for a monochrome jumpsuit effect, while other separates took a more offbeat approach, but the best looks stayed true to DKNY’s smart blend of commercial yet novel sportswear.

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