Donna Karan Fall 2012 Review

Donna Karan

Photo: Imaxtree

Donna Karan's Fall 2012 Collection.

SHOW: Donna Karan (See the full collection.)

THEME: Strong women

HAIR: Shon at Julian Watson Agency; Eugene Souleiman

MAKEUP: Sally Branka at Julian Watson Agency; Charlotte Tilbury for M.A.C. Cosmetics

ACCESSORIES: Hats by Stephen Jones Millinery

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: I am woman, hear me roar—in this killer outfit.

Donna Karan showed two shows today. The first, a fast parade of outerwear for her Casual Luxe line, continued a bit with the tough streets of New York theme we saw at DKNY (read: leather). Leather, layers, and alpaca wool walked out in quick succession. Then, darkness.

Cue a jazzier, slower soundtrack. Welcome to Donna Karan.

This collection was about the suit, power dressing, and what it means to be a woman. Menswear pieces were re-done, re-fit, and made oh so sexy for the female figure. Imagine pinstripe zoot suits tailored into coats and dresses, with intricate folds in place to add depth to curves. Strong shoulders were close to being pointed. (After all, do women not carry the weight of the world on them?) And every look was topped off by a little chapeau from Stephen Jones, set jauntily so.

The slinky, body-con dresses brought to mind Noir vixens and Rosalind Russell doing her Friday best. Coats had volume, as if to modestly hide the sexy pieces underneath.

Though the styling was dramatic, the pieces are what women want to wear. The simple white button up doesn't have to be dull. The black pantsuit can have some pizazz. And sexy dresses don't have to show every inch of skin. And though this collection's aim is to seduce, it does it with the right amount of class and modesty. After all, there is something to be said for leaving a little to the imagination.