NEW YORK (AP) – Ask Donna Karan about the inspiration for her fashions and it all ends up coming down to New York. Even when it starts with something else.
And so, asked what had inspired the spring 2015 collection she displayed recently in a Chelsea gallery space, Karan began by evoking far-flung locales. “I’ve done India, I’ve done Africa, I’ve done Bali, I’ve done Haiti,” she said in a post-show interview. “I’ve done all my countries that I love, and I said, the art in New York is just as wonderful, so why not celebrate the art of New York, and the whole graffiti mode and all of that?”
Karan’s designs conveyed her well-known ethos of urban chic, infused with a healthy dose of whimsy. Much of that whimsy came in the bold colours, the lively prints, and the truly unusual – OK, downright bizarre, but fun – hats by milliner Stephen Jones.
Perfect for a tropical vacation – or a searing day in Manhattan – these hats were huge: A few looked like their owners might be starting a career in beekeeping.
One Karan fan in the front row was Broadway actress Bernadette Peters. “The thing about Donna’s clothes is they’re on the runway, and a lot of clothes look good on the runway, but then you put them on and they’re so wearable and they make you feel really great,” Peters said. PHOTOS: AP