|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.