Donna Karan’s NYFW

It was tartan and top hats all round at Donna Karan’s tremendous Fall 2012 show: a casual luxe show followed by a ready to wear collection that provided a real New York moment. 
The ready to wear collection exerted a sense of femininity and masculinity simultaneously through sharp tailored jackets and suited bodysuits. The models looked empowered and elegant down the runway. In oversized jackets, trouser suits and strong shouldered tops and dresses which were softened by chiffon slitted skirts and jersey fabrics. Pinstripes and sequins adorned the clothes and hues of red and Donna’s signature black and white.
Evening wear had a feminine flair of floor length gowns, sequins and stretch satin looks.

The accessories were sharp and tailored much like the outfits. Oxford ankle boots in croc and stretch fabrics in black, red and gunmetals as well as sleek hair calf gaiter booties and curvacious pumps. The fabulous hair calf and croc handbags made a major statement – sharp and glamourous. Gloves and cuffs were worn and each girl wore a custom made Stephen Jones hat which topped off their outfits a treat.

The star studded front row included the likes of Anna Wintour and Rachel Zoe, whilst Charlotte Tilbury looked striking in statement make up with a pink and red shadowed eye. What a show! Every woman should feel positively empowered. Thank you Donna.

Denise and Camilla Elphick

Denise Elphick is a lifestyle journalist whose work has appeared in the Sunday Times Style magazine, the Telegraph, the Times, the London Evening Standard, Grazia, Homes & Gardens, Living Etc and Easy Living as well as the New York Times and Boston Globe. She is the co-writer of a travel book, Weekend Breaks, published by Simon & Schuster, and was a co-founder of the restaurant booking site Toptable. Camilla Elphick is a student at the Cordwainers division of London College of Fashion. She is currently a shoe design intern at Donna Karan in New York, and has previously worked with Nicholas Kirkwood and Charlotte Olympia.