New York Fashion Week Spring ’10. A Mix of Seduction & Serenity at Donna Karan New York

September 14, 2009 • New York Fashion Week Spring '10

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Summary: The Donna Karan New York 2010 Spring Collection literally blew me away. Inspired by the elements, the sky, wind, sand and fire, the apparel was beautiful, light and ethereal. I left the show walking on the clouds. There was at least one piece in the collection that every woman could wear and love, from the tightly fitted 40's silhouette suits and flowy dresses to the full skirted, thin-belted dresses and paper thin lingerie detailed trenches.

The palette was clean, light and strong for spring with airy colors of cloud white, sky blue, crystal blue, blush and storm contrasted by a  bright and intense fire coral. The shapes were luxurious, light and modern. The base of the looks is a strapless jersey body skirt or dress with a dimensional jacket or a double layer body skirt. Each piece included details like asymmetrical back slits on skirts, handkerchief hems on dresses, "folded envelope" shaped jackets and sheer overlays.

Evening looks were gorgeous long columns draped for a modern goddess in viscose/silk satin devore. The painted sky almost white version was stunning, but just as I wished for another color, the same exact gown came out in fire coral. Both cool and hot, the Donna Karan Spring 2010 Collection was totally seductive.

Color Palette: Sky blue, sky grey, chalk, crystal blue, storm, nude, blush, fire coral, pumice, chalk, python, painted sky, nabuk python

Fabrics & Textures: Linen viscose, crushed jersey, viscose gauze, matte jersey, nylon organza, stretch twill, double linen. silk/nylon stretch taffeta, stretch viscose jersey, viscose illusion jersey, viscose gauze, crushed tulle, stretch tissue taffeta, silk crepe, silk georgette, viscose/silk satin devore, silk organza

Key Looks: Pumice linen/viscose matte stretch twill jacket, whisper silk/nylon stretch taffeta and pumice matte stretch twill body skirt; storm faded linen burlap jacket and storm viscose gauze slip skirt; Blush viscose stretch matte jersey one shoulder dress; Fire coral nylon organza shell, fire coral silk nylon stretch taffeta and pumice matte stretch canvas strapless dress; chalk nabuk python jacket, chalk nabuk python skirt; chalk cotton p
aper taffeta trench, chalk matte jersey strapless body suit, chalk crushed tulle and matte viscose stretch jersey body suit; Chalk linen/viscose matte stretch canvas folded envelope jacket and scissor pant; Painted sky viscose/silk satin devore evening gown; Fore coral viscose/silk satin devore evening gown

—Carol Calacci

Photos: NY Mag

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