Styled with both casual day looks as well as with an array of more dressed up, glam pieces, the 2011 Donna Karan-designed DKNY Resort collection had enough of a mix to take Karan’s contemporary-minded customer – young and old alike – from day to night.
In the casual department, the designer offered crisp blouses, above the knee fitted skirts (a few of which were playfully accented with feathers), and loose-fitting, wide collared outerwear. Those looking for frocks to wear for their nights out on the town will find a selection of silk tops, strapless sweetheart dresses, and a pervasive shimmering gold motif.
While this season’s mix of cutesy and business, easy to wear separates and dresses offered nothing particularly out of the box from the American designer, the pieces stayed true to DKNY’s long-standing signature aesthetic, and will no doubt please her loyal customer base who tend to turn to her for reliable staples versus anything overtly trend-driven.
However, it’s worth noting that the collection had a decidedly more pre-fall feel then it did resort. Perhaps this was a response to the conservatism associated with the recession, but the designer predominately used a dark color palette. The sole pops of color came via a deep red, and the collection’s marquee piece was a fur-trimmed, below the waist black jacket.
The fitted button-down shirts were done in collaboration with famed London clothing brand Thomas Pink, which, like Donna Karan is owned by LVMH.
As for accessories, they have never been a strong point for DKNY, but for Resort in particular they disappointed.
The bags were forgettable in their unoriginal design, and at times even veered towards the frumpy with hardware that seemed dangerously close to being considered a knock-off of Ferragamo’s signature Omega.