Get an “at the show” look at the new DKNY Fall 2013 collection in this awesome video, featuring Shay Mitchell, Victoria Justice and Ms. DKNY herself, Donna Karan. Probably the next best thing to going to the show, we say. Viva la NYFW!
Donna Karan spent some time in Haiti after the country’s devastating earthquake in 2010, so she was moved to base her latest advertising campaign there. “Bringing awareness to Haiti has become a personal passion,” said Karan in a release. “For Spring, it was also my creative inspiration, bringing my two worlds together. This campaign, shot in Jacmel, infuses the vibrant spirit of Haiti into a sexy New York sophistication.” It’s too bad then, that the designer decided to employ the country and its citizens as merely representations of “otherness,” as evidenced by this shot featuring supermodel Adriana Lima (whom Karan says “shows the heart and soul of Haiti”).
In the shot, Lima looks straight on to the viewer, and is the subject of the photo, while two Haitians linger, looking off and to the side — reduced to objects in the background. The photo reeks of turning the people and setting of Haiti into merely “exotic” set pieces, like so many other fashion editorials where native peoples are used as colorful props (see also: Vogue’s use of the tired “Out of Africa” trope). Donna, we expected more from you.
You’ve got five more days to pay $3,000 for a week-long internship in Donna Karan‘s PR department, get going! If that sentence sounded a little off to you, you’re not alone. Designer Donna Karan is auctioning off a short-term internship and we find that a little gross, elitist, etc. The only saving grace is the fact that the proceeds go to help out the Stephen Gaynor School, an awesome place for kids with learning difficulties. It’s not so much that the designer’s heart is in the wrong place as the fact that an opportunity that should be merit-based is being sold like a designer dress that very few can afford, and that feels icky to us. [Fashionably Independent]
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Donna Karan heard that viral videos are really popular with the kids these days, so she hired Sting’s son to make a two-minute movie starring Christina Ricci
and a handbag, then released it to the wilds of the internet. Er, sorry Donna, we’re not sure this has what it takes to be the next Susan Boyle-level web hit, but hey, it’s Friday. We’ll go ahead and post it anyway. [WSJ
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Most of the time convertible fashion makes a splash for its novelty factor, but then disappears because really, are you that into pants that turn into shorts with the pull of a zipper? (Please say no.) Yet Donna Karan seems to have invented the ultimate convertible garment—behold the Infinity Dress, a jersey number with some sort of drape-y strappy situation going on, which allows you to style it in, maybe not an infinite number of ways, but certainly quite a lot.
From the examples shown, it looks like you can style several different necklines, whether you want a one-shouldered, halter, or strapless cut. This spread reminds us slightly of illustrations of different types of sailing knots. Think you’d actually be able to do some of the more complicated ones alone? What do you think of Donna Karan’s multifaceted creation? [Fashion Tribes] Keep reading »
When it comes to highbrow fashion, even we get a bit lost when it comes to reading the obtuse critiques of fashion journalists or hearing the vague, but supposedly deep, inspirations from designers. Today, the Guardian proudly calls out the incoherent information fashion designers spit out to “explain” their collections. And quite rightly, seeing as what the Alexander Wangs and Karl Lagerfelds of the world have to say doesn’t quite match up with what you see on the runway. So we decided to take a closer look at what a handful of top designers had to say about their collections, and we’ve helpfully translated. [Guardian.co.uk] Keep reading »