Tribal was the force behind the Donna Karan collection for Spring 2012.
From the hair to the color palate this show symbolized everything that is beautiful from within the tribal trend that has become very evident this season. Caramels, beep browns, and rich ambers weaved and jutted across dresses making strong visuals and a very appealing collection.
Though you do not have to be an expert to see that there is no real tribe reference as the gowns and seperates all look incredibly wearable in the city. However it is good to note that many of the prints, accessories, and colors used are sure signs of tribal effect.
There is another theme at the Donna Karan show and that is mesh fabric. Also a sure fire trend for Spring 2012, the mesh was inserted into cutouts on zip-ups, as complete jackets in purple and green, and in slits that added to the silhouette of the dresses.
The other point to mention is the Bright orange fabrics that were used throughout the collection. Possibly a continuation of the neon trend but I think it is meaningful in that it will likely be a separate stronger trend for Spring 2012.
Going further in to evening wear many more luxurious looks took to the runway in sage green, soft golds, and bold prints. Then the show transformed into an red carpet line-up that was positively stunning. Lots of shine, as if tar were dripped down burnt orange silk and then beaded with black swarovsky chunks. Another dress had all white silk with a couple black paint strokes on it. The piece was subtle but demanding.
Finally the last look graced the runway and the way Karan mixed the black, brown, and white was masterful.
Donna Karan certainly designed a show worth buying and if that isn’t the point, what is? Though the audience was very congratulatory, it was odd that the gifted designer walked out at the end of the show wearing what she was wearing. Her clothing was overly fitted and not all that age appropriate. It makes you wonder, who styles the designers?