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Donna Karan

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New York: Donna Karan’s career has been based on sensuous yet practical clothes, beginning with her “Seven Easy Pieces” in the 1980s, and this season the designer introduced a sensible new lower-priced line alongside her signature collection for Pre-Fall. Pieces from the new line, which opened the show, were casual and versatile while still retaining a certain downtown edge; brown leather motorcycle jackets were styled over layers of draped olive-brown jersey. The new collection harmonized with Karan’s signature line, sharing a similar muddy palette, but the higher-end pieces were sharper and more tailored. Pencil skirts were extra-slim, and trousers were high-waisted with wide straight legs. Ruching and shirring softened tops, and drop-shouldered, billowy-sleeved styles looked fresh and romantic. Showing both lines side by side demonstrated the designer’s brilliance at adapting her aesthetic to meet the changing demands of today’s urban woman.

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