As the sound of the tribal drums beat out from Donna Karan’s catwalk sound system we knew we were in for an edition of Karan in ethnic chic mode. Renowned for her urban meets world culture aesthetic, this time around Karan blended primitive motifs and hand blocked prints with artisanal quality. From Africa to India, this collection worked in collaboration with artists from around the world resulting in a mash-up of indigenous crafted techniques seamlessly fused to create a coherent story.
Highlights included beautiful silk tussah hand stitched jackets, embroidered side split minis and a selection of plunging silk shirts which offered a Kristen Scott Thomas in The English Patient feel to proceedings. Raw, supple leather jackets and broad brimmed hats added a hint of the savannah while simple cotton shirtdresses and lightweight coats kept the look firmly rooted in the city context.
Donna Karan Spring Summer 2014 [Catwalking]
What was particularly strong about this collection is that several of the separates on show looked both versatile and wardrobe ready. For sure, the billowing kaftan style gowns would need a pretty swanky dairy engagement to warrant closet inclusion, but many of the printed skirts, jackets and shirts were timelessly elegant. While the collection might have drawn from a hotchpotch of geographical locations, it felt distinctly right for Donna’s adventurous yet chic customer.
On a final note, we were extremely delighted to see Goldie Hawn holding up the front row. Any star of The First Wives Club gets our FROW approval.