New York Fashion Week Coverage: DKNY Spring 2014 Collection

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For Spring/Summer 2014, DKNY celebrated 25 years of “color, energy, and attitude” with a collection inspired by the early days of hip-hop in New York City.

Beastie Boys blasted from the speakers at DKNY – a fitting soundtrack for a collection that pulls from the 90s New York street style that sprung from the Def Jam scene. The show was charged with the energy of crowded urban sidewalks, relying on vibrant colors and sporty silhouettes to carry forth DKNY’s message of fun and fashion.

A mash-up of denim overalls, worn underneath a blazer and a loose white trench, led the show, topped by an embellished baseball cap. Blazers were slung like casual afterthoughts over tomboyish shirt-dresses and hooded sweatshirt/dress hybrids. Embroidered denim echoed the logomania that’s taking over Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the moment, but DKNY also sent out eponymous necklaces and head-to-toe printed separates to solidify the logo-centric thesis. Kicky tennis skirts and color-blocked raincoats performed beautifully on the athleticwear side, while some of the more fashion-forward looks were accomplished with svelte neoprene jackets and several stunning figure-skater dresses.

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DKNY celebrated 25 years of “color, energy, and attitude” with a collection inspired by the early days of hip-hop in New York City.

Pastels were unusually vibrant, especially in unexpected color pairings like a lemon-yellow bathing suit beneath a robin’s egg blue leotard that was topped by a lavender jacket and matching shorts. One of the more interesting looks was a cropped trench that looked like it had been chopped in half, lengthwise. The missing bottom half showed up on the next look, wrapped around the waist of the model. The classic overall was given a modern makeover when Donna Karan paired diaphanous, gauzy material with overall clasps, resulting in breezy maxi dresses in vibrant shades of turquoise and lavender. Eveningwear was more sophisticated and tailored, and came in a palette of black and white, but it too was imbued with an attitudinal street vibe. The biggest surprise came at the end, as Rita Ora dashed down the stage in a logo-printed dress laid over a mesh panel. Purposefully oriented toward street style, this DKNY collection cuts a clear message of youthful fun.

Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway

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