>> Donna Karan described her Pre-Fall 2011 collection in one word — "Wo-Man" — noting: "We have to remember there is a man in every woman." Feminine touches like oversized bows at the waist and pleated dresses were juxtaposed with shrunken leather jackets and masculine pantsuits.
>> Donna Karan and Adriana Lima landed in Haiti today for Karan's Spring 2012 campaign shoot, and we've got a few behind-the-scenes photos. Russell James, well known for his Victoria's Secret photo shoots — who therefore has worked with Lima often — is on photographer duty, after making an appearance at the Karan's Spring 2012 show in September.
>> It's just about that time of year when Resort collections start hitting the stores, and the campaigns are starting to pour in. See Arizona Muse swing for Louis Vuitton, Jac Jagaciak go Brigitte Bardot under the guidance of Ellen von Unwerth's lens for Christian Dior, Natasha Poly grope a nude statue for Fendi, and Guinevere van Seenus's creepy turn for Miu Miu — all the Resort 2012 campaigns so far, in the slideshow.
A-list actresses, including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Michelle Pfeiffer, stepped out to celebrate a few of the industry's favorite leading ladies for Elle's 18th Annual Women in Hollywood event. We got a chance to chat with Elizabeth Olsen, who received this year's Emerging Star award. The up-and-coming actress revealed that she doesn't consult her fashionable sisters on her red carpet ensembles. Plus, Glee's Jayma Mays and Donna Karan share their Fall must haves — it's all in today's Fab Flash! On Allison: Kate Spade
Then be sure to check out all the red carpet looks from the Women in Hollywood event!
Donna Karan's Spring 2012 runway channeled a strong tribal feel with muted earthy notes, wild prints, and spiked accessories, paired with slicked back ponytails and bare faces — save for a dark lip on the models. The ruched body-hugging dresses throughout the line continued that fierce feminine silhouette the designer is known for — check out the full runway here for more, and read our editor's full review of the collection.
Donna Karan looked afar for her Spring 2012 collection, which had a powerful tribal element that was more queen-of-the-desert than girl-on-safari. Karan cited her recent travels in Haiti as inspiration, which would explain why Wyclef Jean sat front row, and received a big kiss from Karan during her final bow. Glamourous, body-hugging ruched gowns were rendered in earth tones like mud, sienna, black, and cream, and accessorized with incredible spiked necklaces, which made the tall, slender models with their slicked back ponytails seem regal. There were daytime options too, like an airy canvas full skirt covered in earth-toned brushstrokes and paired with a sexy cutout racer bra, and a tailored leather tent coat over a canvas and jersey dress. The key, though, was the body-flattering drape of the dresses. Karan might be designing from an intensely personal experience, but she always keeps the everyday woman in mind, and the precise ruching and draping reflected her knowledge of a woman's curves in all the right ways. Watch our runway video to see the gorgeous looks in motion!