Donna Karan Fall 2011 Pearls of Wisdom

Donna Karan

According to Wikipedia the word pearl has become a metaphor for something very rare, fine, admirable, and valuable. Donna Karan’s Fall/Winter 2011 Collection evokes those traits expressed in feminine strength as well as softness. Impossibly romantic, the voice of grace and confidence quietly speaks through the entire collection. The colors are pearl and face-powder, misty silver and nougatine. The subtle shift from softly sophisticated to achingly seductive shows Donna Karan is still a woman’s designer. She innately understands where a woman wants to go with what she wears and this time it fairly glows like the iridescence in the chiffon scarves that swathed many of the model’s hair and faces. Each look was more elegantly and simply beautiful than the previous one. Everything about this collection was classy yet discreetly seductive. Her use of a subtle color palette as well as lush fabrics such as buttery soft grain calf and moleskins, wool crepes and mohairs, pillow soft tweeds and alpacas, and light as breath silks and chiffons were like a mantra of the gentle yet empowered strength of the modern feminine woman.
The pieces that will have the fashion crowd clamoring will be the capes, elbow length kid gloves with double row fur cuffs, the flared belted wool coat, and the sheer scarves that double as a hood. There isn’t a woman alive that wouldn’t feel elegant and confident in any piece of this gorgeous collection by Donna Karan.

Front Row at Donna Karan

Anna Wintour & Grace Coddington
Andre Leon Talley

Marisa Berenson
Genda Bailey

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