For Spring/Summer 2014, Donna Karan blended dress codes from the East and West for a print-happy cultural collision.
Her journey to India this summer was the inspiration behind the luxe artisan fabrics that livened up her runway, but they weren’t to appear until the last half of the show. The show launched with breezy looks that came blasting from the Old West. There were beautifully draped slit dresses in a dusty shade of blue, cinched with low-slung leather belts. These pieces were given a haute hippie upgrade with leathery statement necklaces, perforated bags, and strappy sandals. Leather-laced denim maxi skirts, printed dresses, and men’s shirting were also presented with a nonchalant air. India’s artisanal textures came in a kaleidoscopic swirl of rustic black-and-gold patterns, fringed gowns, and boxy toppers, but for all of their finery it was hard to pinpoint India as the origin. There were looks that seemed to hail global destinations like the African outback and the Saharan desert, which replaced India’s viciously bright palette. For the spring season, Donna Karan is creating women in her own image: brilliant businesswomen with a penchant for globetrotting spiritual quests. Whether you’re eating, praying, or loving, this collection is on the mark for your destination-oriented lifestyle.
Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway