Donna Karan’s inspiration this S/S 2013 was the ocean and beach, but her collection started with a series of structured overtones that swiftly moved into more fluid, airy pieces. In the first half, Origami vests and Victorian fitted boleros led the way paired with softly wrapped and draped fluttery skirts and dresses. The style progressed into the second half with clingier toga-like draped pieces that spiraled around the body effortlessly alongside shell-shaped skirts and dresses featuring deep V-necks or strapless options. More much needed powerful colors were introduced in the second half to show the fluidity and the fabrics airiness through optical illusion. Draping is Donna Karan’s strength and she truly delivers allowing the fabric to envelope the body in the most elegant ways.


Theme – The Ocean and the beach with a Victorian feel with messy hair and minimal makeup.

Colors – The palette was mostly tone-on-tone with oyster, platinum, eggshell, jade, pale acqua, rose, cream, sea foam, pale gold, indigo, navy blue.

Key Items –Victorian fitted jackets, lightweight bodysuits, strapless dress in varying colors


Prints/Patterns – No true prints except for some spotted dresses at the end. Limited patterns most shapes were created with balloon skirts reminiscent of shells along with cross body vests and shell-like boleros and jackets.

Fabrics – Jersey, linen, silk, molded cotton/viscose, stretch paper linen, pongee silk, tulle, handwoven ribbon, raffia and leather.

Accessories – Ankle-tied wedge Lucite sandals, plastic headbands and cuffs by Stephen Jones, plastic belts, woven bags with Lucite handles


Swag – Styles and draping in the show provided a classic, sophisticated airy feel that is sure to be seen throughout the world this spring but, Donna Karan is clearly a must have for any beach outing whether it be a destination wedding or relaxing poolside in your Hamptons home. We anticipate seeing these looks flowing past us on the streets and in the parks this spring.