I was excited to get back to Donna Karan, thinking the Donna Karan Fall 2012 Collection couldn’t disappoint. And it didn’t.
The collection started with a break from tradition by holding the show in Brooklyn. Inspired by The Eagle it played out with youthful abandon in the auditorium of a public school. Phillip Glass’s masterpiece, Metamorphosis 3, set the tone, and—Oh…wait…that’s right, I wasn’t at the Donna Karan Fall 2012 collection. I was at my son’s school dance performance which I promised, promised, promised I wouldn’t miss. But before my guy hit the stage, I did manage to make it to Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to view Rachel Roy’s Fall 2012 presentation.
I was most taken with the vibrant, rich hues used in the collection. Beautiful berries, gold, teal, royal blue, and olive greens. All great pops of color that can be added to a wardrobe addled in greys, blacks and camel that already hang in most closets. I also liked the subtle use of texture in this architectural collection: chunky knits, fur and leather, all done in simple unfussy ways that don’t scream, “LOOK AT ME!” But gently say, “Hey, you might want to look at me.”
Were these looks fashion forward and the next big thing? No, but Rachel Roy isn’t that. It was exactly what it was supposed to be and what we’ve come to expect from Rachel Roy. Simple and clean and completely wearable with the feel of luxury and taste. I hope to be seeing some of my friends wearing it at school drop off. They’d all look so good and happy in any of these separates.
I can see Donna Karan any time. But, sitting in the auditorium, I was brought to tears watching 25 fearless third graders perform The Eagle. It was beautiful. And, for me, more memorable than anything I’m likely to see strutting down a runway.