Is it a surprise that in the dead of the worst winter in recent memory, the New York collections have had a major outerwear focus? At times and temperatures like this, a coat is your outfit — just look at all the editors bundled up along the runways this season. There were endless excellent choices on offer for next season at DKNY. Donna Karan did them tailored and graphic, like the black styles with a bold white panel across the chest, adding a little edge with leather sleeves. Toward the end there were knit puffers and furs, such as the cheetah print shearling. With the exception of the tailored cape jackets that were meant to be thrown over the shoulders just so — but begged for somewhere to put your arms — it was all sharp and suitable for everyday use. Same goes for what was worn underneath. Karan worked up chunky knits with a peppy tomboyish flare: bright cardigan dresses and slouchy striped crewnecks were worn with tailored trousers, tapered and flared. The collection had range.

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