“Power and Poetry” Donna Karan called her autumn/winter 2015 show. She wanted to “transform a woman from day into night, with strength and seduction” – well, doesn’t she always? She has built her brand on dressing the power professional.
Her ideas of power and poetry came together in single pieces – it was noted in the strict lines of a tightly belted tailored jacket, with contrasting billowing lantern sleeves, and elsewhere in a corporate grey midi skirt that gave way to romance via sheer peek-a-boo inserts, revealing a flash of leg with every stride, creating a dance between masculine and feminine. Elevating workwear essentials was the order of the day – right down to a navy city coat richly embroidered in jet bugle beads and coiled ribbon appliqué.
From metallic brocade padded coats (that looked warm enough to brave a New York -15 freeze) to tuxedo jackets and a series of origami gowns crafted from panels of organza and net, neatly cinched at the waist, there were lots of hits, even, right down to the simpler pieces: consider a taffeta turtleneck – just the ticket to seal the deal in the boardroom and dazzle after office hours.