After a spring collection that found her wandering the Moroccan desert - all sand-colored caftans and dusty djellabas - Donna Karan returned to her New York City roots in the fall 2007 line she presented at her Greenwich Street space on Friday afternoon.
Using the energy of New York at night as her jumping off point, Karan crafted a collection that, like the DKNY show earlier this week, was a paean to slick city streets and flashes of light in garments that felt wonderfully fresh, strong and modern.
Iconic black and white images from DK campaigns of yore - including her infamous ad depicting a Karan-clad female president being sworn into the Oval Office - flashed on the wall before the start of the show, reminding us just how entwined with NYC - and empowered, liberated women - Karan has become in the past 20-odd years.
The collection that followed - full of flat origami-pleated bodices that recalled the urban skyline, flashes of neon brights that suggested the lights of Time Square glimpsed from a speeding taxi, puff-collar jackets to provide protection - and privacy - for the 21st century gothamite, paillette- and crystal-embellished dresses that glittered like stars in the night sky, and shiny patent belts and platforms that reflected the lights of the city - demonstrated that Karan has come home in a big, bad...make that good (really, really good)...way.
All we can say is: Welcome back, Donna! We missed you!