Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Donna Karan’s return to power suiting was a palate cleanser for Pre-Fall with a robust look at feminine, office-worthy fashion. Strong-shouldered suit jackets, oversize coat dresses and slim, tapered trousers harnessed all the authoritative influence a woman can command. Nipped at the waist, both Karan’s suiting and dresses made the case for hourglass silhouettes, using exaggerated bows or wide belts to accentuate the figure. A deep palette of black, grey and navy furthered the serious tone of the collection, while hints of pumpkin and aquamarine were a progressive break. Ending on a series of red-carpet gowns, including an ombré silk column, Karan’s Pre-Fall exemplified the designer at her elegant best.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Slim / Hourglass / Long
Color: Black / White / Aquamarine / Navy / Pumpkin / Burgundy
Key Items: Strong shoulder suit jackets / Pencil skirts / White silk blouses / Wide trousers / Leather jackets / Bustiers / Tapered trousers / Cocktail dresses / Evening gowns / Coat dresses / Nipped waits jackets
Materials: Satin jersey / Chiffon / Wool / Leather / Silk
Details + Trim: Bows / Draped peplums / Pleats / Gathering / Asymmetry / Ombré / Slits
Accessories + Footwear: Wide belts / Lace up sandals / Leather slingbacks / Chandelier earrings / Oversize bead necklaces / Satin pumps
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