Scenes from NY Fashion Week: DVF and DKNY (video)
Diane von Furstenberg and Donna Karan are the grand dames of New York Fashion Week. As befitting her legendary status, Diane von Furstenberg's line was titled "Goddess" and was inspired by Isadora Duncan. The line was also influenced by the colors of Greece, bright indigo, mustard yellow and plenty of prints. At a show attended by Sarah Jessica Parker and Anderson Cooper among others, von Furstenberg and her new creative director Yvan Mispelaere showcased casual luxe combining flowing halter tops paired with shorts, draped dresses with deep cleavage and of course, colorful new takes on von Furstenberg's iconic wrap dresses.
Over at DKNY it was all about the office. Donna Karan's new line was designed to appeal to the New York working woman. She put out a line of basic must-haves for the young urban professional, a look she referred to in the video above as being both polished and feminine. The collection was heavy on the navy and black but there were also pops of bright color including turquoise and coral. As at DVF, prints were present, floral patterns added a feminine touch, showing up on ruffled dresses and maillot swimsuits.
Although the lines were very different, both designers stressed the classic nature of their offerings. Many of the pieces on the runway this year are meant to be more than trendy, they are meant to be worn for years to come. Has practicality finally come to fashion week?