Ask and ye shall receive. After reviewing the DKNY collection earlier in the week I was hoping and praying for something a bit more palatable and with more of the classic Karan we all know and love — and I was not disappointed. While the big pockets did push the envelope with me a bit, it somehow worked given the abundance of natural material like cotton, linen, leather and wood. Think causal without being crass.
And while Karan’s collection didn’t shake up any tents or cause a debate in what’s sexy — besides, sexy is as sexy does, baby — it does flatter the female form, go from day to night in a flash and makes you look like an woman, not a woman trying to recapture a youth that may or may not have ever existed.
Karan’s palette was beautiful and basic with black, white, shades of gray and a yellow-based taupe all providing a foundation for dresses and skirts with below the knee hemlines, elegant pant ensembles and even a pair of season-appropriate shorts. Instead of playing with hemlines Karan focused on a shifting neckline. Off-the-shoulder styles mingled pleasantly with halter tops, V-necks and even some high crew-style necklines. Cinched waists (with WIDE belts) dominated the collection and cute cropped jackets helped give the collection a well-edited look.
She worked wonders with jersey, per usual but made linen and cotton sexy and curve-friendly nonetheless. Leather piping on linen suits, wooden buttons and wide belts with brown leather detail gave the collection even more natural charm.See the Top Ten Summer 2016 Trends for Women Over 40
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