Is it a surprise that in the dead of the worst winter in recentmemory, the New York collections have had a major outerwear focus? Attimes and temperatures like this, a coat is your outfit — just look atall the editors bundled up along the runways this season. There wereendless excellent choices on offer for next season at DKNY. Donna Karandid them tailored and graphic, like the black styles with a bold whitepanel across the chest, adding a little edge with leather sleeves.Toward the end there were knit puffers and furs, such as the cheetahprint shearling. With the exception of the tailored cape jackets thatwere meant to be thrown over the shoulders just so — but begged forsomewhere to put your arms — it was all sharp and suitable for everydayuse. Same goes for what was worn underneath. Karan worked up chunkyknits with a peppy tomboyish flare: bright cardigan dresses and slouchystriped crewnecks were worn with tailored trousers, tapered and flared.The collection had range.

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