In the past, Donna Karan’s wanderlust has taken her to some pretty far-out places, but at their best, her armchair travels never really leave New York.

Such was the case at Karan’s terrific show Friday when East met West in the most gentle way. Even with thick clouds of incense wafting down the runway, Karan struck just the right balance between urban finesse and exotic flair. Her look was artsy without the affect, as she honed in on languid draped dresses cut in an earthy palette of sandy brown, dove gray and black.

In a season full of pretty dresses, she managed to give hers true personality, and a stark confidence worlds away from the fussy girlishness found elsewhere. Karan’s take on the season’s pumped-up volume meant graceful silk tent dresses and billowing caftans, some hand-dyed in tribal prints.

And while suits have been few and far between in New York, her linen blazers, paired with short skirts, made a sound case for tailoring, while never straying from the subtle globe-trotting mood.

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