DKNY usually caters to the naughty grunge girls of the East Village, but for pre-fall 2012 Donna Karen and her team veered away from that block and parked uptown somewhere, maybe in the East Eighties off of Madison Avenue. The collection was rather large, a total of 53 looks to be exact, and full of obviously feminine silhouettes, fabrics and prints. Those abstract vibrant florals from spring were replaced by more concrete prints used similarly in mod collared frocks, mini-dresses, and a rather fierce high-waist pantsuit and tee.
Laser-cut lace and eyelet were also pretty big trends in this collection. There were the cutesy, almost virginal, sting of day dresses, and the lace short and long sleeve t-shirts.
Overall this was a collection about trends and vast selection, which is probably just what retailers have prescribed. No noteworthy plays on cut and shape here, but an incredibly approachable collection, perfect for the newly baptized DKNY fans who probably just like the air better near Central Park.