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DKNY sends pink-and-red Valentine to NYC

SAMANTHA CRITCHELL
The Associated Press
Modified: February 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm •  Published: February 13, 2013
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NEW YORK — The DKNY label is Donna Karan's love letter to her hometown, and at New York Fashion Week on Sunday, she sealed it with a lot of lipstick red and hot pink looks.

There were the tough-girl looks, including a long quilted bomber jacket and a long silk-and-jersey dress with sheer panels in black — which is what the locals probably will be wearing this fall — but it was the brights, and especially the animal-print brights, that lit up the runway at a studio space in Chelsea.

There was a "heartthrob red" quilted crop top worn over a flowing long silk dress and a tailored, peak-lapel blazer in "pop pink" over a button-down shirtdress. The animal prints showed off a long tunic-length sweater silhouette.

Colorblocking was freshest when Karan used sophisticated camel, crisp white and downtown black on the opening paneled parka, and when she mixed gray herringbone, white and black on a flirty dress with a slim bodice, full skirt and soft shoulders, which have been spotted all over the runways during this round of seasonal previews.

Karan dubbed the collection "Juxta-Posed."

"DKNY has its way with iconic classics. Tradition gets a twist of color, icons have irony, menswear feminizes, and proportions play — and explode," the designer said in the notes she left for editors, retailers, stylists, bloggers and the bare-legged starlets, including Victoria Justice and Shay Mitchell, who sat in the front row.