DKNY, a veteran at New York Fashion Week, pumps out collection after inspiring collection. DKNY is just one of Donna Karan’s collections since she also shows her couture line “Donna Karan” in the same week. I don’t know how she does it.

This collection combined menswear inspired bomber jackets, rugby stripes and suits, with ladylike fabrications and tailoring. The effect was right up my alley. Her palette showcased strong black and white/cream and red combinations, but DKNY also combined cognac with red, fuchsia and ink blue, which I found fresh and fabulous. At this point I want a pair of red trousers more than ever.

Skirts were short, which certainly is not the norm for collections at this Fashion Week. Trousers were tapered and flared, and tops and jackets were both fitted and voluminous.

I really appreciate the lack of ruffles, frills, poufs and flounces in this collection. There is a “no nonsense” integrity about it that’s thoroughly modern and very appealing. No retro and no vintage. Instead there are lots of good clean lines in strong colours with a feminine edge. Fab!

View the full collection on