The Fall 2012 DKNY collection by Donna Karan was inspired by the Beat Generation and featured clothes that were at once ladylike and strong, thanks to fitted silhouettes, leather and buckle detailing, and a dark palette punched up with deep red. Click to watch the show that featured models walking in off the street.
Dedicated to the Beat Generation, DKNY Fall 2012 showed a collection filled with strong silhouettes, pretty details, and even some shearling and fur. Designed with a city girl in mind, these seemed dedicated to the working city girl — skirt and jacket looks were belted for a crisp look, and coats were edged in leather. Ashley Greene, Nina Dobrev, and Coco Rocha were seated in the front row, watching the models come in literally off the street — the show was sat in a cavernous garage-like space with double-doors that opened out onto the sidewalk, allowing the models to walk in. Minus the fact that it was freezing out, it made for an energetic show.
- Trends: ladylike, fur details, leather sleeves, florals.
- Colors: Black, gray, plum, red, florals.
- Key Piece: A leather-sleeved coat to wear over sheath dresses.
- Accessories: Fur snoods with buckle closures, sleek clutches, red ankle strap platform heels.
- Who Would Wear It: Sophisticated city chicks who like to make a feminine statement — Kim Kardashian, Olivia Palermo.
>> DKNY offered up a plethora of citified cold-weather looks and some very stellar outerwear options for Fall 2012: boxy fur jackets, leather-sleeved cocoon coats, sporty puffers, and double-breasted wool coats. As for what to wear underneath, there were pencil skirts, straight-cut trousers, body-skimming maxi dresses, and a plethora of flippy little miniskirts. But the main take-away from this DKNY collection? When in doubt, belt it.
>> 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.