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Donna Karan- Spring 2011 Lighter, Softer and Very Beautiful

Runway Review: The "Raw Romance" Donna Karan collection, soft yet strong perfection.

Most hair stylists will tell you that at a certain age we look better with softer edges and a lighter color. Well, Donna Karan is celebrating her 25th Anniversary in fashion this year and she has all but softened and lightened the look for Spring 2011.


Once the almost shock of the all sand color palette passed, it was clear that the hallmarks of an urban wardrobe were still present, but this time the city looks were meant to travel to a more relaxed place and time.

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Groisgrain ribbon belts gently defines the waist of crinkled, fluid pants

Groisgrain ribbon belts gently defines the waist of crinkled, fluid pants

The "Raw Romance" collection may indeed be lighter and more dreamy than previous Karan collections but in no way does it lack the customary expert drape and flattering proportion that is unmistakably "Donna," so much so that a diehard black wearer may actually consider a paler, gentler look for spring.

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I loved the modern feminine touch of raw edge chiffon– particularly on the backs of some gowns– and how it fluttered as the model walked while it still grazed the body.

The effortlessness of pairing a more tailored shirt with the long ruched skirt and the slightly crinkled fluid pants with waist wrapped in a simple groisgrain ribbon belt and topped with a semi-structured jacket are pure Donna Karan ease.

The soft sand pallette maintains interest through the texture and artful drape of the fabric that beautifully defines a woman’s figure without revealing too much. Supurb.

Collection Hightlights (full show here):

Photos: Donna Karan

Published on September 21, 2010

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