Summary: Just a couple of weeks ago my mother, who is an admitted Armani Black Label addict complained that he no longer seemed to design for her. She has not liked anything in his past two collections, not to mention his prices have skyrocketed. She then said to me "I think it's time I revisit Donna Karan." After seeing the Fall '11 collection, I absolutely think she should. I thought the collection was breathtaking. Donna Karan aptly named the collection "Pearls of Wisdom." Not only does she deserve to impart some, jeweler Erickson Beamon designed the stunning pearl necklaces that accompanied most of the looks of this mostly neutral palette. Many of the models were swathed in masterfully draped jersey and chiffon, some in transparent blouses with draped necklines that also served as head scarves, a few wore gorgeous trenches and wool coats with fur stoles, but my absolute favorites were the elbow-length fur-cuffed gloves! I must own a pair next season. The collection was mostly dresses and skirt suits with nary a pant to be seen, and to keep with the ultra ladylike theme, everything was nipped at the waist. I'm happy to see the return of the skinny belt…over everything. The collection had an Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren allure. One I know my mother will embrace, not to mention loyal Donna Karan fans everywhere.
Color Palette: pearl, ocean pearl, misty beige, facepowder, blush, autumn haze, silver shadow, meteorite, lunaraine, ice solar, moonstone, taupaline, graphite, mauve, slate, nougatine, solstice, smoke
Fabrics & Textures: stretch wool doubleknit jersey, doubleface wool felt, silk chiffon, silk crinkle chiffon, tulle, stretch viscose, doubleface viscose, satin, duchesse satin, cupro satin, felted wool, wool/molehair, wool crepe boucle, sueded stretch cotton moleskin, boucle tweed, lace, long-haired shearling, fur, lame, sequins, pearls, elbow-length fur-cuffed gloves, pearl jewelry (Erickson Beamon for Donna Karan New York)
Key Looks: celeste stretch wool doubleknit jersey dress with elbow-length fur-cuffed gloves; pearl and lunaraine sheared long haired shearling coat with an ice solar diamonds sequin embroidered skirt; ocean pearl stretch viscose duchesse satin dress; silver shadow cupro satin blouse with taupaline stretch wool/doubleknit jersey draped pant; graphite wool textured tweed jacket with a graphite alpaca/wool gauze tweed jersey skirt; misty beige iridescent silk chiffon sculpted evening dress; face powder sequin and pearl embroidered tulle evening dress; pearl stretch viscose satin jersey evening dress.
Watch the Donna Karan New York Fall '11 Show here!
—Lauren Dimet Waters
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