If I could only use one word to describe Donna Karan’s Fall 2011 show it would be brilliant. The scene, the ambiance, the models, the clothing…the glorious clothing. The selection of dresses, blouses, jackets, skirts, and gowns was so gorgeous that there are not enough superlatives to explain the femininity and elegance of the collection.

The clothing was a mix of urban meets uptown. The palette was muted neutrals, which allowed the intricate cuts and draping to take center stage. Everything was about fit, as each item perfectly hugged the models’ bodies. And while most of us do not look like runway models, Donna Karan creates the kinds of garments that look just as good on a real woman as they do on a catwalk professional.

We saw sheer fabrics and shearling along with long gloves with fur cuffs. As far as accessories go, bags were structured and ladylike and mostly served as an accent to the expertly crafted ready-to-wear. The show finished with gowns that anyone would deem Oscar worthy. More than anything, though, the collection left us feeling at peace. Maybe the colors were not eye-catching, but the designs were so seamless and exquisite that I craved attending an event that would warrant one of the looks.

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  • AMN

    Gorgeous! Love her soooo much…

  • Jelita78

    donna karan just got to be the worst of all.
    most of the designs just looks like draped of cloth wrapped around the model and wallaa!
    at least used some colours will ya!
    this is just mehhh..

  • Chels K

    The whole bun/scarf thing just does not work for me and distracted from the clothes. I liked the subtle grays she used though.

  • Chris

    Indeed a very classy collection. I love the long gloves, the fur cuffs, the draping, and I like the grey and brown shades she used.
    The only minus I can find: some of the nude colours are a bit boring. Sometimes the nude look can be great, sometimes it is too pale.

  • edoardo

    I lvoe the drapes and the colors, cool!


  • Mochababe73

    I have never been a fan of grey, but I am starting to incorporate some into my wardrobe. I have been carrying a grey handbag for the last 3 weeks.
    So, while I like the collection as a whole, I would have loved to see some color somewhere. It just read blah. It was like watching a black and white television.

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  • fuchsiafury

    Not for me. This collection’s subdued color palate has the look of Prada’s interwar-inspired collection from a couple of seasons ago, but with none of the drama.

  • anna kaufer

    Elegant…Simply gorgeous! Anna K.

  • MizzJ

    I like the muted tones, it fit in perfectly with the overall mood of the collection, which was classic, restrained, elegant and thoroughly modern.


  • Mash

    Oh my! Every single one is a gem.. I would buy/wear every one of them.

  • AstaK.

    I think…Donna Karan might not be so high street anymore.