Karan effortlessly worked this season's most tangible trend - asymmetric layering of delicate raw silk and chiffon.
An optimistic vision for the season ahead, Donna Karan's S/S 2010 collection saw day-to-night wear in subtle greys, creams and peaches, set off by radiant bursts of coral and red, take shape in diaphanous layers. To a packed crowd at her garage-like studio in West Village, Karan effortlessly worked this season's most tangible trend - asymmetric layering of delicate raw silk and chiffon. As though spun from air, dresses hung asymmetrically off models, floating poetically with each step down the catwalk. Waists were accentuated as breezy, chicly oversized dresses were severely belted 50s style, a look completed with sculptural white sunhats, and body-con mini-dresses were few and far between, featuring unusual textures and detailing. To close the show, floor-sweeping gowns in vivid colour and divided sections of flowing silk stepped out onto the catwalk - a visual reminder that after decades at the helm of NYC fashion, Karan still has what it takes to push a simple idea to a wearable extreme.