DKNY Spring Ready to Wear 2011: A New York State of Mind

Fashion & Style: The DKNY Spring Ready to Wear 2011 collection show was filled with references to New York City. Fittingly, the clothes matched the mood with elegant draping and clothes that moved to the beat of the big city.

New York-centric wordplays by illustrator Monsieur Cabinet were placed on giant posters around the stage, indicating a fun, if slightly French-collection.

The show started slow, with tailored if sedate twill coats, a sleeveless trench dress, and slim skirts in a practical palette of khaki, black and navy. It then moved on to a more streetwear scene, with jackets occasionally worn Nineties-style, tied around the waist. Other jackets had peplum waists.

In contrast to the menswear tailored looks were ruffles. Ruffles were playfully displayed on many garments: down lapels and in tiers on a frilly skirt as well as trimming an electric blue maillot and down the sides of a bright, floral-print dress. Patterned silk scarves were another feminine, if French theme, woven into loose blouses or tied around necks.

All in all, the collection was a cohesive example of haute dressing.

Carly Zinderman

Carly Zinderman is a Senior Staff Writer for JustLuxe, based just outside of Los Angeles, CA. Since graduating from Occidental College with a degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies, she has written on a variety of topics for books, magazines and online publications, but loves fashion and style best. In her spare time, when she?s not writing, Carly enjoys watching old movies, reading an...(Read More)

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