As expected the Donna Karan Spring 2011 New York Fashion Week runway show was star-studded, with many celebs in attendance and giving interviews. Donna Karan talked about materials she loves to use, Ashley Greene praised the strong femininity of her collection, Rachel Zoe expressed satisfaction with the designer’s use of neutral tones, while Susan Sarandon loves the fit, movement, and feel of the clothes.
Donna Karan’s 2011 Spring runway collection was an ode to the sophisticated New Yorker. The polished, feminine looks updated classic looks in new, modern ways. Long frocks and tailored tops with a focus on flowing, feminine fabrics, the collection is pure Donna Karan.
We talk exclusively with Donna Karan, who tells us DKNY’s Spring 2011 collection is all about New York: a classic, polished look that’s feminine with a modern twist for the young woman who has moved to the city for the first time. Karan lists chino, silk, and cotton as fabrics used, bringing a free, springtime feel to each piece. We also chat with The Veronicas, who are big fans of DKNY and starting a fashion line of their own.
Fashion's Night Out's Fashion Show Featured a Dancing Gisele, a Rapping Pharrell, and a Whole Lot of Designer Duds
>> The audience at tonight's Fashion's Night Out fashion show wasn't limited to the 1,500 ticket-holders — crowds gathered behind police barricades across the street from the Lincoln Center Plaza for a glimpse of New York City's largest fashion show. Those who were lucky enough to nab tickets to the show were treated to a concentric-circled runway setup, with rows no more than two deep. Not only that, but among the audience was a large smattering of designers — Tory Burch, Tommy Hilfiger, Diane von Furstenberg, Jenna Lyons, Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Phillip Lim, Vera Wang, Francisco Costa, and Donna Karan among them; models — Lauren Hutton, Bar Rafaeli, Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann; and other industry figures, including Anna Wintour, with favorites Blake Lively and Roger Federer next to her, and Si Newhouse himself. Bee Shaffer arrived 45 minutes early to the event, holding hands with boyfriend Jake Hurwitz.
Anna Wintour's fears that the show, scheduled to start at 7:30 pm, would begin late were unmerited — it started on the dot with Alicia Keys's "Empire State of Mind" playing on the loudspeaker as spotlights searched the audience and the fountain in the center of the setup rose and then fell.
As the audience looked for Gisele Bundchen, set to open the show's 171 looks, a Fashion's Night Out doubledecker bus pulled up next to the Plaza, carrying Bundchen, Angela Lindvall, Karolina Kurkova, Coco Rocha, Lily Donaldson, Lara Stone, Jourdan Dunn, Caroline Trentini, Sasha Pivovarova, Adriana Lima, Chanel Iman, and Karlie Kloss, each dressed in a Fashion's Night Out tee paired with a long ballgown skirt and heels. The twelve models dismounted the bus one by one, forming a line in front of the Plaza steps as the rest of the 150 model cast filled in behind them.
Gisele leading the way, the twelve openers made their way around the fountain, soon followed by groups of models clipping by showcasing "Fifties Flair," "Tartan Twist," "Rock Chic," "Go Global," and "Jazz-Age Cool." Each group wormed their way around the circular runway, the models coming in quick succession, highly choreographed and sometimes stopping and turning. A few were suffering from their heels by the end — Rose Cordero and Heidi Mount among them — and those in the "Weekend Wrap-Up" group, all swathed in capes and jackets, had sweat rolling from their temples after all the parading, thanks to the humid Indian Summer air.
Pharrell Williams popped up on the center fountain to close the extravaganza in a surprise performance, and Gisele and the rest of the openers paraded and danced back to the bus, this time in full-on designer gowns, with Naomi Campbell in the finale spot. As Pharrell joined them, he encouraged the audience — ticketed and not — to shop New York, because after all, that was the whole point of this 15-minute shindig. So will it work?
Donna Karan is auctioning the chance to spend four nights at her private estate on Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos. Known as "The Sanctuary," this stunning, secluded family retreat is hidden among lush island vegetation. A short walk will take you down to the white sand beach for swimming, sunning, and snorkeling. Back at the estate, you can relax in the infinity pool lined with black volcanic stone or peruse Karan's personal collection of African and Asian art that adorn the walls.
The exclusive vacation for eight people, valued at over $40,000, is currently up for auction on luxury charity auction site CharityBuzz to raise funds for The Ellen Hermanson Foundation. This charity was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Ellen Hermanson, a crusader in the fight against breast cancer; proceeds from this auction will help fund the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital, as well as other activities undertaken by the foundation.
If you have the cash and need for a private vacation, go ahead and make your bid through Wednesday, Sept. 8. For a quick tour of Karan's home, check out the gallery below.
The United States has Barneys New York, Canada has Holt Renfrew. The high-end department store is so huge, it operates 10 stores all over the country in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and more. And it has been host to many famous faces — some who appear to promote their clothing lines, some who come to party. Nicole Richie, Alexander Wang, Oscar de la Renta, and Donna Karan are just some of the names who have popped in to shop and mingle.
>> The CFDA has more than member designers' mushroom truffle spaghetti recipes to share. Come Sept. 7, American Fashion Designers at Home compiles peeks into the homes of a number of the CFDA's 115 members — including Tory Burch, Francisco Costa, Oscar de la Renta, Johnson Hartig, and Donna Karan, whose homes are all previewed in the gallery below. “This is the ultimate voyeuristic journey,” says the book’s author, Rima Suqi. Most of the images have been published before, but some of the art is brand new, including one of Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg’s trademark Polaroids — this time featuring stacks of books and Troll dolls in his living room.
- Sept. 7 marks the debut of Fashion's Night Out: The Show — the largest public fashion show in NYC history, with more than 150 models and looks staged at Lincoln Center.
- Even if you're not in NYC for the festivities, it doesn't mean you can't party. FNO is going nationwide with parties in Fab cities like Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and more.
- If you are among the lucky shoppers and "fashion faithfuls" strolling the city, you're bound to run into a slew of designers and celebs: Victoria Beckham and Nicole Richie are hanging at Bergdorf's, while Saks Fifth Avenue is playing host to Donna Karan, Charlotte Ronson, and Zac Posen, and Macy’s Herald Square will welcome a star roster of its own, including Oscar de la Renta and Jessica Simpson.
For even more reasons to love FNO this year, read more.
Mary-Kate Olsen snuggled up to Proenza Schouler's Lazaro Hernandez this afternoon in NYC as they helped announce the plan for this year's Fashion's Night Out at City Hall. Both Mary-Kate and her sister Ashley have their plans for Sept. 10 set already — they're teaming up with us and Fab at their first-ever Elizabeth and James pop up shop! Ashley skipped out on today's press event, leaving Mary-Kate to mingle solo with heavy-hitters like Anna Wintour, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, and even Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mary-Kate is no stranger to hanging out with politicians, but it's Ashley who hopes to one day dress First Lady Michelle Obama. Ashley told Harper's Bazaar, "I'd love to get Michelle Obama in the Row. The simple suits and things. It's all made in America, so why not?"
Sarah Jessica Parker attended a private screening of The Big C in East Hampton, New York looking as chic as ever in a khaki Donna Karan drape jacket. She paired it with a short gray dress and simple gold sandals, a metallic Judith Leiber clutch and black beaded necklace providing the perfect amount of panache. Shop like items now!