Donna Karan acolytes will remember Bonnie Young from her 16-year stint at Donna Karan Collection, half of which she spent as creative director. Aspen snow birds will know her from her luxury children’s wear store she opened in 2008, when she left her creative director position. Young transferred the store lease to Donna Karan Urban Zen last September to focus on her new venture: BY.Bonnie Young, a women’s collection launching for fall, is a merger of her two main professional experiences. “Women were buying my kids’ collection for themselves,” said Young, from the Paris showroom, where she was doing her first market. “This is really my clients pushing me to do women’s.
BY.Bonnie Young is unmistakably adult with an undercurrent of urban womanliness for which Donna Karan was known, and a major charge of minimalist tough-girl edge. “It’s uber luxury to speak to your soul,” Young said. “It’s super wearable and all about layering, dressing it up or down and just being glamorous.” The palette of black, beige and gray asserted a city attitude, while cozy yet swank knit capes and ponchos, and fine gauge ribbed knits ideal for layering made the point of livable chic. Young’s big statements came in pants and pleated knit jumpsuits with ultrawide, ultralong legs, a painted leather motorcycle jacket that reversed to shearling, and a plainly cut silk maxi dress with long sleeves trimmed in skinny brass nail embroidery. Prices range from $895 for trousers to $4,000 for furs.