Giant posters, emblazoned with witty New York-centric wordplays byillustrator Monsieur Cabinet, greeted guests upon arrival at DKNY. “LongLive the Queens,” “Mad Is On,” “All Hail the Cab,” and “Big Apple of MyEye,” they read in bright vivid hues. All signals indicated a fun,kicky ride — which the show absolutely was. Of course, like any gooddesigner, Donna Karan knows the value of building momentum. Thus, shestarted off with a chic tailoring story: snappy twill coats, asleeveless trench dress, and slim skirts in a practical palette ofkhaki, black and navy. Jackets, some with peplum waists, were worn tiedaround the waist, Nineties-style; the effect was street-smartsophisticate.


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