While most designers have shown minimalist collections on neutral palettes Donna Karan got playful for Spring/Summer 11 at DKNY. To start with, the walls were covered with bright slogans like 'Big Apple Of My Eye', 'All Hail The Cab' and 'I'm Walking Working Here' and the colour palette was just as playful. Dresses came with multi-tiered ruffles and were covered in floral prints that also featured on asymmetric swimsuits in bright blue. Orange cardigans came tucked into orange multi-tiered skirts which often came belted with a big black bow.
Karan also played with scarves. One - which the designer has now named DKNY Heritage scarf - was worn with cropped black trousers and a khaki trench coat but was also translated onto dresses in bright orange with brown stripes. The collection will undoubtedly be a commercial success but failed to excite me or bring the brand forward from last season.