DKNY’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection features New York mods, inspired by modernists in the city. It reminds me of Gossip Girl or Madeline, the French school girl. The collection is a sexy study of graphic lines, colors and texture that are pulled together with a fresh ingénue spirit.
Color palette is all city-inspired with shades of black, cream, navy and gray with bold shots of Lipstick, Tangella, Henna, Foundation and Blush.
Shapes are simple and clean, flexible and ready to layer. Tailoring is linear, and marked with detail: tux-edged in black or pieced with contrast inserts, be it rib knit, leather, horizontal splashes of color or the pattern play of hounds tooth, pinstripes and plaids.
When it’s not a jacket, it’s a sleek, modern coat, like the V–neck cardigan coat with leather sleeves or the tailored cape that wears like a coat over the shoulders. The short, spare shift is a canvas to color, pattern, the softness of silk pleats, or the movement of shredded silk with detachable white collar. Horizontal blocking emboldens simple knits or angora sweaters. Silk blouses are edged in piping or spontaneously color–pieced.
At the bottom, it’s all legs, from the sliver of a skirt to super–skinny pants and new lean flare trousers.
Finish with the plush chic of a knit puffer, a faux fur or something warm and shearling with shoes as tall and grounded as New York itself.
The shoes are really special, with the hidden platform and strong stacked heel that gives height to ankle–braced Mary Janes, Cap Toes and Modern Spectators.
DKNY is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) in the Philippines with stores at Greenbelt 5, Rockwell, Rustan’s Makati and 158 Designer’s Boulevard Alabang Town Center, and Newport Mall.