We have been looking forwards to the DKNY spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection. After all, the brand was sold earlier this summer to G-III Apparel Group by LVMH, where the fashions are quite different and the vision would be changing for DKNY as a whole. Recently appointed creative directors Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow have managed to pull off a rather lovely collection though, despite the worries, the futuristic approach including a somewhat dystopian element to it.
There are a few DKNY signatures no collection would be complete without and the duo have certainly brought that to the forefront; this includes activewear elements, a streetwise attitude, pinstriped tailoring, etc.
There were a few things we noticed straight away as the collection opened: short skirts are totally in, plunging necklines are still dominating, and high socks just under the knees are all the rage. Add in white soles to the boots that range from mid-calf to mid-thigh, some baggy pieces that do not really define the curves on the body, and intriguing accessories such as the handbag at the waist, and you have a DKNY collection that really does its name proud.
Showing just the right amount of skin seems to be key here, with some pieces featuring slits along the sides of the body, others in crop top two-piece sets, and still more with some very random cutouts on the shoulders that we doubt we would ever wear. That sweater-dress with the plunging neckline, matching tube top and hoodie certainly seems like a street style alternative though.
We have to admit, however, that the extra-long sleeves are not our cup of tea at all, despite having the ability to really keep one warm. Would that trend not be more annoying and a nuisance to deal with than attractive or useful?
As always, it is the sportswear that really appeals to us, the active lifestyle fashion with the bodysuits and trainer tops, the hoodies thrown over and the footwear that looks really dang comfortable to wear out. We’re not so sure about the Victorian with activewear combination we notice towards the end of the collection, but the pieces that we simply would not touch are few and far between. Those see-through trench coats though? We might be willing to give them a try!
There is a whole relaxed fit style happening throughout the DKNY spring/summer 2017 show that we do enjoy, with translucent materials showing off just as much skin as the short skirts at the beginning did.
The bags at the waist are certainly going to be popping out as a trend, while those large sunglasses look just about perfect for the glaring sun of summer. Add in some darker lipstick, a common look on the runway for DKNY, and we have a rather intriguing color combination.
Strings from this year also seem to be making a play for it in 2017, while we rather enjoy seeing those pinstripes take over with hoodies and open chests. We do hope for a collection one can wear in the more professional world for next fall though! Meanwhile, check out DKNY.com to shop for some of these spring items that are already available on the brand’s website!
Photos courtesy of Vogue