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.
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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….
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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“We all crave luxury, no matter how casual or creative our lifestyle. This collection is street and chic — effortlessly sophisticated with a downtown edge.
It’s all moody blues and lush, touchable textures to live in, grounded by rugged boots to hit the ground running.”
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