A dark, industrial soundtrack set an ominous mood before the Donna Karan presentation got underway – so it came as something of a surprise when in opposition to the music, sanguine super-neutral hues took to the catwalk without reprieve. To the tune of the monotonous sounds came a slew of nude garments – a similarly monotonous theme that was broken only momentarily by a singular print. Even the troupe of models were uniformly neutral – all blonde, with scrubbed, waxy faces sans make-up. According to the program, Donna Karan was 'embracing nature' this season, taking direction from the basic elements of wind, water and rocks – not a particularly tangible point of inspiration, but one that set this luminary New York designer on an absorbing new path. In sync with the minimal colourway, shapes were refined and volume minimised – lean and layered gossamer dresses, bias-cut skirts and slips, casual shirt shifts and softly structured outerwear in crinkled stretch-twill formed the basis of an ultra-modern, essentially feminine collection.
Even the troupe of models were uniformly neutral – all blonde, with scrubbed, waxy faces sans make-up.