Every time a Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week ends, our brains become brimming with styles and trends we’d love to try on – yet have to wait months before they pop up in the stores. So what if you held a fashion show where the pieces seen on the models are the exact ones that are currently in stores? That way you can run out and buy your favorite looks right off the runway! This was exactly the idea behind the DKNY and American Express exclusive Cardmember Only Fashion Show, featuring the DKNY Resort 2012 Collection.
Held in the Lincoln Center tents on the last eve of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring ’12, us lucky guests knew that we would be treated to some fabulous DKNY fashion, knew that the show’s soundtrack would be provided by singer Lykke Li and knew that the event’s co-host was acclaimed stylist and fashion expert Mary Alice Stephenson (who we adore!). What we did not know, however, was that the guest of honor for the evening was none other than Donna Karan herself! Karan came out to talk shop for a moment with Stephenson before the runway kicked off. Publicly known for her stance on holding runway shows within the same retail season, Karan explained she wanted to hold this special presentation for the sake of immediate availability, adding the looks were urban and chic and able to be worn right away for polished days and glamorous nights in the city.
She noted that the DKNY Resort 2012 Collection was created mostly in her signature black, pausing to tell an anecdote of her granddaughter who exclaimed out of exasperation after viewing Karan’s closet,”Grandma, don’t you EVER wear color?!” So Karan did add some neutrals and metallics in for good measure and, perhaps for her granddaughter’s sake, a few punchy bursts of pink and red. The most colorful thing of the evening was the backdrop against which the models walked, a splashy slide show of the New York landscape tinged in high-def technicolor. Karan sat alongside Stephenson and watched the show from the audience, a rare thing for any designer to do.
And the best part was, once the show was over you knew it wouldn’t be long before the looks wound up in stores and online. Sure enough, a few days later my favorite looks from the runway show were already live and I’m currently in the process of putting together my list of must-haves! Here’s a few of my top choices and shop the rest of the looks (available now!) at dkny.com. And a special thanks you to DKNY and American Express for a fun-filled Fashion Week finale!
Photos: Second City Style, dkny.com
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