Donna Karen


"Have you ever heard a death rattle before?" because I am absolutely on the floor dying over these clothes.  Dying.  Yes, I am quoting Fight Club, one of the most anti-consumerism movies there is, in reference to fashion.  But in all seriousness, after seeing collection after collection these past few days of collared shirts and jacket after jacket in neutrals, I can't describe how pleased I was at viewing Donna Karan's spring collection.

Granted, all of the pieces were some form of tan, beige, camel, or white, but this put an entirely different spin on the usual use of these colors, which has mostly been for basics and wardrobe staples.  There's nothing wrong with either of those things, but D. Karan really stepped it up in terms of turning this palette into total desert-like glamour.  Crinkled crepe, silk, and chiffon were given personality in their wrinkled state, which added a relaxed feel to the looks.  The classic shirtdress was made sexy with a wrap tie and slit to there, while a honey colored maxi skirt and low cut dress shirt with rolled up sleeves made an unexpected yet perfect evening look.  You certainly couldn't wear these clothes every day, but almost all of them make up my fantasies of what I want to wear to social and evening functions (if I went to anything classy, which isn't exactly what I would call Thirsty Thursdays at our local pizza and beer joint, Froggy's...).

Looking past the gorgeous clothes themselves, the platform shoes were pretty fantastic, especially the ones with ballerina-esque criss-crossing ties.  The lineup of models in the show was also one of my favorites that I've seen in a while, including Karlie Kloss, Jac, Abbey Lee, Daria Strokous, Sigrid Agren, and Hanne Gaby Odiele, among other greats.  They each walked a few times, which is rare as usually models walk only once or maybe twice per show, but I enjoyed seeing a lot of heavy hitters rock these amazing looks rather than throwing random, less seasoned girls in the mix.  Oh, and they walked on a layer of sand.  So basically, Donna Karan Spring '11, the show, the collection, everything in between, absolute Sahara romanticism.

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