INSPIRATION: "New York Art and Soul"-- which meant Bauhaus grids, Deco florals, equestrian plaids and schoolgirl kilts
TOP LOOKS: Vicuna coat cut like a roomy blazer; Intarsia sweater top and skirt, knit with sequins and worn like a dress; Love Story-esque charcoal grey double faced wool jacket with leather trim and matching wrap skirt; Peachy angora wool coat with leather trim; Skater-girl jaquard pleated mini-dress with bib front and black jersey sleeves; Collage knit dress with sapphire sequins; Burgundy tank dress with Deco color blocking and silver sequins
ACCESSORIES: Ultra-high platform brogue-style ankle boots with studded spats and boot sleeves. Foldover bags modeled on men's satchels
WHO WAS THERE: Poppy Delevigne, actress Alison Brie, and musicians, Keke Palmer and Little Boots
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Donna Karan's show was a schoolgirl chic romp with references ranging from the above mentioned Love Story to the Weiner Werkstatte. There were pleated skirts and endless short coats. Every single hemline was abbreviated -- showing off long legs left bare with socks or clad with tights and skyscraper boots.
Outerwear was the main focus of the collection -- a boxy boyfriend coat had a sans souci slouch and was shown in camel, black, blackish red, plaid, and Deco-printed variations. There were a series of art-inspired sparkly and flirty party dresses patchworked with this season's increasingly popular velvet. It was an optimistic affair, with teen talent front row, and the models even... Gasp!... Smiled. Karan knows her customer is young and looking for one thing -- fun.