Aug 03, 2018 | By Nicole McLennan
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New York: For Spring 2015, Donna Karan wrote in her show notes – she wanted to “paint the town with urban chic.” As a result, she presented a collection that was full of vibrant energy. Drawing inspiration from the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring she employed such prints and patterns similar to graffiti brush strokes, color splashes and random scribbles. Her silhouettes evoked a Fifties sensibility — colorful bra tops with matching skirts, either pencil or full. Flirty printed silk dresses, tweed suits with cropped jackets and solid colored silk jerseys that puntuated the intense line up of print. — Lizzy Bowring
Silhouette: Fit and Flare / Slim to the body
Key items: Bra tops / Full length skirts / Full wide length pants / Wrap jersey dresses / Flounce hemmed pencil skirts / Body suits / Rolled sleeve shirts / Boat neck tees / Ball gown skirts
Colour: Black / Ivory / Red / Red ochre / Khaki / Indigo blue / Tans
Print & Pattern: Abstract billboard / Swirls of Graffitti
Materials & knits: Silk jerseys / Paper cottons / Stretch canvas / Organza / handwoven tweeds / Cold dyed canvas / Paper leathers /Silk and Nylons / Linen and viscose / Silk charmeuse
Footwear: Bar strap wedges / Leather bangles
Accessories: Vinyl and leather belts / Oversized hand painted flat totes
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