Donna Karan Spring 2012 Collection
The notes for this show informed us that Donna Karan took her inspiration for this collection from her travels to Haiti, which she interpreted in her own way, offering up tribal-inspired prints, colors, and jewelry with an urban, modern twist. We love the natural, earthy tones of this collection. Usually, “earth tones” just means shades of brown, of which there are plenty here, but she took it one step further, describing the color palette as “earth, teak, bone, citrus, fern, and African violet.” There are times when the “tribal” aspect gets a little too literal, but a lot of that could be mitigated by mentally removing the jewelry, which, while beautiful, is extremely literal. We love the color-blocking, the silhouette of a tight bodice over a circle skirt, the brass and wood appliques, and the gorgeous prints, which were inspired by the work of Haitian artist Phillipe Dodar. “Tribal” is a problematic description for a fashion collection because it too often applies the term to a too-broad range of cultures and styles, but by limiting her inspiration not just to Haiti but to the work of a specific Haitian artist, Donna Karan managed to present a tribal collection that felt reverential rather than like mere appropriation. A beautiful, earthy, sophisticated set of looks.
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