At some point during the DKNY presentation, the models' ears caught my attention. Slightly shrouded by messy, almost matted hair, I could spy that every few models, one would sport an ornate ear jacket and from where I sat they included pearls. It was slightly edgy, it was definitely glamorous; it was New York.
Which was the question that Karan proposed to her audience on the digital backdrop for today's presentation: What is New York? As answers scrolled across the screen, pulled from social media, a collection of oversized blazers, funnel neck sweaters and below the knee dresses that ascribed to a sort of fit, flare, flounce silhouette, stomped down the runway.
The show notes said "menswear-inspired" but watching the show, the term seemed a little old world. Need we continue to call suiting and blazers menswear-inspired? The options presented here with their bejeweled half belts in the rear or studded lapels just seemed right for a New York girl and had nothing to do with the guys in her life.
But back to the question at hand: What is New York? It's definitely a meeting of sometimes clashing or at least different ideas as evidenced with the multitude of dresses that spliced together different colors and even fabrications going from jersey to silk and even a bit of mesh. And it's most certainly black as evidenced in show pieces like in a patchworked faux fur black coat. One of DKNY's answers submitted by the brand itself was "love." Ours? New York is going to be wearing this collection.