It’s DKNY’s 25th birthday, and Donna Karan celebrated it with a dose of urban energy. The collection picked up on many ideas that have marked the brand for the past quarter-century, but was updated with contemporary street savvy. Themes included black-and-white, cool denim and paisleys, active influences, parachute designs, Easter egg colors and, this being DKNY, bold logos.
Although the lineup went in many directions, Karan managed to add a sense of coherency via its youthful vibe. There were plenty of great pieces, like the short denim overalls dressed up with a chic pinstripe blazer; the white T-shirt and trenchcoat skirt layered over a black tulle one, and the slinky gowns that the designer saved for the show’s end.
The few men’s looks were more subdued, as in suits with contrast-color collars, and sporty jackets with slim-fit trousers cropped just above the ankle.
The great soundtrack — a remix that included Run DMC, Salt-N-Pepa and the Beastie Boys — added to the show’s zest. As for the special birthday guest, Rita Ora vamped it up in the finale wearing a logo T-shirt and kicky skirt with leggings — an outfit that looked as relevant today as it would have 25 years ago.