Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring ’13: DKNY Reflects On New York & The 80’s

September 9, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Spring '13

Summary: When I was in college my mother sent me a DKNY t-shirt with the skyline of NYC in black and white in the DKNY lettering. It was a big deal because my mother rarely sent me anything and DKNY was fairly new at the time. I’m not going to admit what year it was, but let’s just say MTV played music back then. Anyway, I wore that shirt to death. Yet lately, I don’t wear DKNY that much. What can I say? I’m at the age where I have graduated to Donna Karan. However, I can’t believe how many pieces I want in my closet from the DKNY Spring ’13 collection. Reviewing the photos now I realize some of the looks are a  little too young and a little too 80’s, but if you look at the pieces individually, there were some fantastic age-appropriate elements.

Keep in mind this show also incorporated the DKNY Jeans and pureDKNY lines for the first time. The DKNY collection was a reflection or ode to New York. New York in the 80’s when the line first emerged. The taxi-cab-yellow anorak, light-washed jeans and bare midriffs were the first clue. The first few all white looks were amazing. The pleated pant is apparently back and white is going to be huge next Spring. There were also some exceptional maxi-skirts and very fitted maxi-dresses with slits up to there that were shown in white, black and that same bright yellow. What really blew me away was the mixed medium (leather and linen) color blocked dress, the same dress in all black and the black leather and cotton pants. I must own those along with the blocked one-piece bathing suits that actually make me excited about my future in one-pieces (I’ve had two children, my bikini days are over). The ordeal of finding any I like this past summer was an experience I hope to never endure again. I want ALL of the ones I saw in the show. Mind you, I would never wear them as a bodysuit as styled in the show, but as a city dweller I get the inspiration.

The light washed denim and white shirt jumpsuit that had the illusion of being tied around the waist is something that I would never touch. Same for the logo tees, backpacks and fanny packs (I would also say not to the mullet and acid-wash jeans in case you were wondering). However, the items mentioned above and the bright yellow anorak and strappy wedge sneakers could most certainly put me in a New York state of mind come spring.

Colors: white, pureDKNY white, yellow, casablanca, antique, canyon, silver, black, animal print

Fabrics & Textures: silk, cotton nylon, coated cotton, cotton twill, bonded crepe de chine, washed georgette, washed crepe, cotton nylon, cotton lycra, textured linen, jersey, luxe wool, mesh, denim, tweed, neoprene, leather

Key Looks: white perforated leather blazer, white silk shirt and white leather pleated pant; pureDKNY white washed georgette asymmetric dress; white/black nylon mesh silk system dress with thigh high slit; black coated cotton and leather pant; yellow coated cotton long anorak; black/white nylon pieced swimsuit; canyon/black linen and leather pieced dress; white neoprene and mesh jersey gown

– Lauren Dimet Waters

Photos: NY Mag

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