Anne Hathaway is climbing the ladder of the most gorgeous Harper’s cover we have seen. She looks breathtaking in our Donna Karan Spring 2013 look.
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ART OF ILLUSION
My favorite evening looks always strategically reveal and conceal, flashing just enough skin to seduce, but with enough coverage so you don’t feel exposed. This strapless envelope dress is made in Italian doubleknit felt jersey which holds you securely, yet has a tulle inset on the leg for a peek of veiled skin. Sequins cascade down from the top and onto the inset for that touch of evening sizzle to catch the light.
Moments, a new book by photographer Denis Piel
The best photographers understand that a photo is a moment, but in that moment, you glimpse into an entire world.
Denis Piel, a photographer and artist I admire greatly, knows that better than anyone. Denis does more than take a photo – he tells you a story. His new book Denis Piel, Moments, Rizzoli New York, 2012, shares the many stories he’s told over a long career. Designed by Ruth Ansel, each image feels a like mini film because Denis’ approach is highly cinematic. I have a personal connection, as Denis was the photographer who took the very first ad images of Donna Karan New York, and he set the template for all that has followed. Denis appreciated the strength of our brand wasn’t about the clothes, it was about the woman. Who was she? How did she live? What did she care about? Denis knew I was designing for myself (and a few good friends) and quickly set out to tell a story – my story, but idealized, of course. We hired Rosemarie McGrotha and put her in motion, as if we were following her busy day. This was a sophisticated urban woman, pulled in a million directions, who cared about her family, her man and trying to find time for herself. The campaign embraced the chaos of her life with texture and emotion. Taken over 25 years ago, the images remain completely relevant today. The Donna Karan story is but one in this beautiful book. Denis has worked with some of the most captivating women of our time, presenting them in a way that shows he was way of ahead his own time. I promise, this is a book you’ll want to give as a gift – and get an extra to enjoy for yourself.
image 2 and 4 - Denis Piel
all others - Conde Nast & Denis Piel
UNDER COVER SEDUCTION
Donna Karan Shapewear from Donna Karan Intimates
I’ve always believed in dressing from the inside out. Because if you build a sexy and secure foundation, you’ll feel sexy and secure in your skin – and also in your clothes. You’ll stand a little straighter, walk a little taller. Sensual confidence has power. That’s the secret behind Incognita, our newest Intimates collection. It’s seductive lingerie that functions – accentuating the positive, deleting the negative. Smoothing, supporting, sculpting. Putting your curves where you want them in the most flattering and comfortable way possible. It’s done through the art of seamless molding, micro lining, under-wiring and other patent-pending secrets that conceal and reveal you to perfection. Intricately engineered, each piece offers 360 degrees of smoothing and support, so you can wear the most body-conscious clothes you own and no one will know you have a little help underneath - - whether it’s eliminating bra bulges, defining the waist, holding in the tummy or slimming thighs. Yet it’s Incognita’s styling you (and he) will notice first. And this is where looks can be deceiving…every detail is pure woman. Evocative, alluring and a bit mysterious. Stretch lace. Embroidered touches. Sheer and satin panels. Shapes are sensual – balcony bras, camisoles, thongs, hipsters. This is lingerie you’ll like to be seen in privately – or peeking out of a blouse. Think modern film noir. Whether or not any one sees it but you is beside the point. You’ll know it’s there. And as a woman, that makes all the difference in the world.
Fashion Week always hits like a hurricane after Labor Day. Mind you, I’ve been working all summer on our Spring collections – Donna Karan and DKNY don’t happen overnight. But there’s still that sudden, back-to-school feeling in the air. You have everyone in town, all at once – the international press, retailers, bloggers, celebs – and the schedule is jam packed. There’s literally something – actually many things - every hour on the hour. It’s the ultimate fashion reunion – a moveable feast running from uptown to downtown, day into night. Usually, DKNY and Donna Karan are among the last shows of the week, but this year, I’m thrilled to say they are among the first. Why am I thrilled? Because then it will be essentially over and I can enjoy the rest of the week. Or at least try to. Right now, pre-shows, I’m running back and forth between 550 Seventh Avenue (Collection’s home) to 240 W 40th (DKNY’s home.) I’m styling looks, fitting models, previewing with the press, hearing music, writing press releases, deciding on hair and makeup and on and on. Add in Fashion’s Night Out – the truly brilliant, round-the-world, shop-till-you-drop party established four years ago created by Anna Wintour and Vogue, and the pressure is just all that more intense. (Our FNO included Miss Piggy at the DKNY store selling FDNY Heroes Calendar as well as Lauren Bush Lauren and the DKNY X FEED Collection to fight world hunger. And, at our Collection store, we previewed my new book on Stephan, “Connecting the Dots: Portrait of a Man.”) I’m not doing this alone. I have the most amazing teams in the world. I hit the ground running at 7am and fall into bed after midnight. You would think with more than 50 shows behind me, I wouldn’t get stressed at all, but I do. Yet, I’ve learned to stay cool through my yoga, pilates, juices, aromatherapy and getting a massage before I go to bed. After our Collection show, I host a dinner for all my designers and creative talent who worked on the show, and we get to breathe a collective sigh of relief. For a minute, that is. Then we go to work the next morning and start all over again. To be continued….
DONNA KARAN SPRING 2013 SHOW
Livestreaming today at 2pm EST
WoMAN, FALL 2012
STRONG. SENSUAL. SMART. SEDUCTIVE. SOPHISTICATED. SPIRITED.
SCULPTED. STRUCTURED. SUITED. SHOULDERED. SEQUINED.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE A WOMAN?
SOMEONE WHO CARRIES THE WORLD ON HER SHOULDERS.
SHE’S NEVER AN EITHER/OR. SHE’S ALWAYS AND.
MASCULINE AND FEMININE.
POWERFUL AND VULNERABLE.
SEXY AND NURTURING.
STREET AND SLEEK.
THESE COLLECTIONS HONOR HER TWO SIDES,
EMPOWERING HER BODY AND SPIRIT,
WITH AUTHORITY AND CONFIDENCE, EASE AND HUMOR.
Kate Beckinsale in Donna Karan Resort ‘13 Look 39 at the Premiere of ‘Total Recall’ on August 14, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. Credit: Phillip Massey/WireImage
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Backstage Fall 2012 Show