DKNY’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection is a unique snapshot of the increasingly intertwined relationship between the catwalk and the street. In fact, if Donna Karan had anything to do with it, gone would be the days when an inaccessible elite walked the runways, inadvertently belittling real people in their paths. Last night, and to this very point, the designer brought real New York women – a tattoo artist, a printmaker, a DJ – to her runway to model her grit-meets-glam Fall/Winter 2014 designs.
Her sentiments were echoed by a pragmatic, cool-meets-luxe array of pieces fit for the contemporary, metropolitan woman. From bevies of black and white houndstooth separates and sequined bomber jackets to varsity-inspired sweatshirts and jet-black baseball caps featuring the New York Yankees emblem, the scene played out like a mash up of familiar street wear pieces that, when thrown together, created something crisp, vibrant, and, well, just plain playful.
In keeping with that vibe, Rita Ora grabbed attention for her custom DKNY leather jacket inscribed with the words ‘When I wear DKNY I feel like a BAD B*TCH’, which she modeled post-show as hoards of photographers snapped their Fashion Week flashbulbs to capture the moment. An Instagram photo of the jacket released on Ora’s account has already garnered over 36,000 likes, proving that, whether it’s with a presence on the actual DKNY runway or just through the double tap of a finger, the masses have spoken.
Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway