Donna Karan Fall 2012

Donna Karan Fall 2012

Donna Karan Fall 2012

Somewhere, Marlene Dietrich is smiling. Donna Karan's Fall 2012 collection gave menswear a seductive turn, somehow making the double-breasted suit look just as sexy as the fitted dresses. Whereas past collections felt as loose and languid as a yoga pose, this latest collection was all about sharp tailoring and even sharper edges. Blazers had pointed shoulders, tops had extra wide, stiff cuffs, and skirts and dresses were folded and gathered like the face of a Frank Gehry building. There was lots of structure, and it seemed that Karan is making a strong argument for the '90s power suit. Models were adorned with miniature fedoras — thank you, Stephen Jones — giving the show a slightly playful and sexy undertone, as if they were Vegas dancers playing businesswomen. That said, Donna Karan also paid tribute to Whitney Houston, and the show closed with the late singer's rendition of "I'm Every Woman." No one knows that better than Karan. Side note: the show opened with a preview of her Casual Luxe line, which could be summed up as tartan-loving biker chick. Those looks follow the collection photos.

  • Trends: power suits, menswear, architectural details, sculptural.
  • Colors: Red, black, gray, olive.
  • Key Piece: The fitted menswear blazers, a sexy red cocktail dress.
  • Accessories:The miniature hats were amazing.
  • Who Would Wear It: Women who can pull off the menswear look — think Evan Rachel Wood.
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