New York Fashion Week S/S 2013: Donna Karan returns to her roots for DKNY’s ‘Reflections of New York’ collection

If there is one designer who truly personifies what New York and its style is all about, it’s Donna Karan. The New Yorker has dedicated her colourful career to creating some of the most innovative, luxurious and affluent collections, and we adore her for it. So where better to showcase her latest looks for DKNY than in her own backyard at New York Fashion Week?

Aptly named Reflections of New York, the collection sought to describe what makes a New Yorker tick in the best way the designer extraordinaire knows how: on her clothes. This was a superbly clean collection consisting predominantly of crisp whites, sharp blacks, gentle camel and relaxed denim. In short, the kind of attire you would don for a weekend away in the Hampton’s or Connecticut.

Casual DKNY motif tees that were perfect for achieving that understated, ‘I-just-threw-this-together’ glam that New Yorkers are so well known for. Maxi dresses were given a dramatic edge with sharp, high slits up the thigh, and were shown in black, white and a dramatic neon yellow hue. Consisting of an otherwise monochrome palette, the splashes of neon were a pleasant reminder that spring is the time to be both bold and elegant in your style.

The main look throughout the show was essentially that of an effortless sport luxe, and we loved the overall vibe. The occasional appearance of black leather toughened up the collection, but thankfully there were no harnesses to be seen here; just the sharp silhouettes of fitted bodice dresses and knee-length skirts.

Donna Karan reminded fashionistas that a New Yorker is indeed someone who is ready for anything. All she needs is the basic, albeit chic elements, like those in this collection and she is able to create a fabulous and unique style for herself. Just like New York itself.