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Runway NY Fashion Week DKNY: Big Apple of My Eye

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Pictured:  Donna Karan takes the stage after her Spring 2011 show today in New York.

Hot off the runway– I just saw the DKNY Spring 2011 Runway show at New York Fashion Week.  Frankly, it was a WOW!  DKNY delivered a colorful, fresh Spring look.  Her runway show delivered lean, sleek silhouettes, accessorized with colorful print scarves, lovely English-style floral prints and lots of cascading ruffles.

 Pictured: DKNY’s take on Spring florals. (picture: Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

The emphasis was definitely on classics, with a twist of New York chic.  The color palette was literally springing off the runway.  There were some bright poppy/red dresses and tops, followed by gorgeous deep teal and blue dresses.

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Pictured: DKNY’s Poppy shirt and soft pants, with heritage scarf.
 The bright colors, and comfortable tops were in many cases accented by a DKNY “heritage scarf” as you can see in the picture above.  I love the addition of the scarf, because it takes the look up from just a jeans and tee look, to a look of everyday elegance.
The collection also featured short ruffled skirts, “full of frill.”  As you can see from the photo below of this striking teal ensemble, it works beautifully.  The contrasting belt emphasizes the waist, and should give any woman a slim, flattering look.
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Pictured:  The teal look with matching scarf and nude belt.
The show also featured some amazing looking one shoulder swimsuits in the same striking teal, and some very elegant looking floral dresses with drop waists and high collars.   It was a very versatile showing of looks.  There was literally something for everyone whether you are going to work, out to dinner or the beach.   I’m looking forward to seeing these in stores.  DKNY is always sold at Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s.  The prices tags are reasonable, and the clothes are of good quality.
Pictured: The sleeveless floral “frill” dress for Spring 2011 by DKNY.
This posting is only a small sampling of what I saw on the runway today.  There were also shirt dresses, peplum blazers, Georgette tees and Crepe dresses. To see all the looks, watch the replay at DKNY’s Facebook page by clicking here.  If you watch, leave a comment and let me know what you think.  Donna Karan was one of the first designers to understand that women wanted designer clothes of quality that were not thousands of dollars.  To quote the designer, her goal is to “to design modern clothes for modern people.” Today DKNY Spring 2011 delivered on her original concept of great clothing that is accessible and affordable to women everywhere.

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