Thirty years after Donna Karan launched her eponymous label and set the global fashion scene ablaze with her Seven Easy Pieces concept, the designer is still going strong. In celebration of three decades of fashion success, Donna Karan turns toward sophisticated eveningwear for a night out in her favorite city, New York. This time around, Karan embraces overt sexuality and her dynamic looks for Fall/Winter 2014 are racier and more alluring than we’ve ever seen from her. Thigh-skimming hemlines, thigh-high boots (lots of thighs in fact), and sheer bottoms launch her pulse-quickening collection. Although her featherweight sheer knits and mini dresses are not sensible choices for winter, Karan is quick to throw on some cozy outerwear and heavy crystal-encrusted suit jackets to add weight to her lighter pieces.
Like many designers at New York Fashion Week, Karan leans heavily on wool to bring seasonal appropriateness to her looks, but she splices in velvety patchwork and crescent-shaped cutouts to enhance the prim, protective fabric. Her revealing, attractive silhouette was imparted by waist-cinching skinny belts and hourglass tailoring. There were a few bulkier outerwear pieces – particularly the black fur coat that sprouted white feathers – that proved her looks work best when volumes are streamlined. For the last half of her show, Karan shifts away from sultry black to sophisticated crimson, showing a gorgeous long fur coat that fit like a snug bathrobe before moving on to camel and tobacco toppers. For a gala affair, Karan relies on the tacit sensuality of a slip dress and ends her sensual collection with a bounty of sheer, slit skirts. The past 30 years have brought Donna Karan plenty of success, but also the wisdom to deliver clothes that are gorgeous, wearable, and innately feminine.
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