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Maxwell Osborne, Dao-Yi Chow Exit DKNY

DK Heads Back To NY for $650 Million

More movement abounds in the fashion industry! In the latest episode of business deals moving faster than fashion trends, French luxury group LVMH has completed the sale of ready-to-wear group Donna Karan International to US clothing manufacturer G-III Apparel. While it sounds mildly heartbreaking, rest assured that the American label’s worth has been recognized and valued at $650 million. The label is merely moving house: Donna Karan and the DKNY brands will return to New York, their birthplace in the 1980s.

“Donna Karan International is an iconic global fashion company,” said Morris Goldfarb, CEO of G-III, which owns the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger labels so it is no stranger to American fashion labels and is, arguably, even better place than LVMH to make a go of this. “Donna Karan brings increased scale and diversification to G-III, which will finance the transaction with debt and issuing $75 million in new stock to LVMH.”

This move isn’t completely out of the blue, however. Despite steps taken towards restructuring Donna Karan in a bid to boost its lackluster growth, results have been less than satisfactory, with the line eventually suspended since last summer when the eponymous founder left. It is thus a no-brainer that the world’s largest luxury group would let Donna Karan go when a suitable suitor such as G-III expressed interest.

10 Trends for Spring/Summer 2016

With winter winding down and spring making its way to us, it is time to think about switching out the winter wear for lighter looks. We revisit 10 of the biggest trends from the ready-to-wear collections on the runways to make things a little easier as you do a wardrobe cleanse for the new season. If you are in a more tropical region, Spring/Summer 2016 looks might work the whole year through and you might have already started.


One material from winter that will live on into spring is leather. From skirts to dresses, jackets and even tops, leather will be cropping up in an array of colors. Brands such as Burberry Prorsum, Each & Other and Vionnet sported biker jackets while Trussardi showcased a yellow leather dress. Keeping up the trend of colorful leather, was Barbara Bui who rocked leather trousers in both black and pink.

Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum

Sheer Sensuality

Subtle sheer fabrics were another major trend to be seen for spring/summer 2016. Soft and sensual fabrics dominated at Givenchy where only certain parts of the body were shown. Similarly, Nina Ricci, Missioni and Akris sent models down the ramp essentially topless save for dark and sheer veils.



Color Kaleidoscope

There is no single stand-out color trend for this season. Brands brought a wide range of shades to the SS16 catwalks, from vivid hues (candy pink at Emporio Armani and almost fluorescent colors at Polo Ralph Lauren) to pastel shades, which were popular with almost all labels. Autumnal tones were spotted too, with camel and gray at Daks, as well as black and white combos at DKNY, Costume National, Margiela, Carven and Balenciaga. However, one noticeably popular color for the season is silver, with Iceberg, Jeremy Scott, Loewe and Iris Van Herpen showing this metallic shade in matte or iridescent versions.



Spring Stripes

While some labels rocked sailor chic – an ideal look for spring/summer – most opted for multi-colored stripes in sometimes psychedelic combinations. Whether vertical or horizontal, wide or super-fine, stripes of all kinds were seen on summer dresses, skirts, tops and pants in catwalk collections from the likes of Missoni, Salvatore Ferragamo and Dolce & Gabbana. Max Mara splashed stripes in yellow and white, Rochas went for oversized bands and Issey Miyake turned lines into waves.

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Pop Prints, Quirky Patterns

Designers brought cartoons, drawings, pop prints and quirky slogans to the most feminine of ensembles this season. Jeremy Scott stamped garments with huge cartoon faces, while Lanvin rocked handbag and stiletto motifs and Giamba (Giambattista Valli) used a cheeky lipstick print. This trend offers a contrasting alternative with the season’s sensual and chic ensembles.




Womenswear also gets a stylish yet romantic, carefree and bohemian vibe this season, with jumpsuits, skirts and dresses with long, floaty cuts, in light shades or powdery pastels. This look was seen at Chloé, Paul & Joe and Giambattista Valli but in a fairly minor way. Tommy Hilfiger takes things further, matching boho looks with beanie hats, trainers and sunglasses with colored lenses.



Festival of Fringing

Last year’s fringing will be back in a big way for spring/summer 2016, with summer festivals offering strong inspiration for clothing and accessories. Key pieces will be finished in leather and, in particular, suede. MSGM, Roberto Cavalli, Carven, Balmain and Barbara Bui all brought fringes to various items in their womenswear collections. Balenciaga stood out from the crowd with fringed handbags.



Pajama Party

Last season’s pajama trend is even hotter for SS16. Dolce & Gabbana showed off pajama suits with characteristically big flower prints. Blumarine also used flowers as a more discreet addition to its oversized pajamas. Paco Rabanne opted for a lingerie-inspired look, rocking underwear as outerwear with a sportswear feel.



Military Detail

Although less present on the spring/summer runways than for autumn/winter 2015, military detail will continue as a trend for spring. As well as details such as chains and double-breasted cuts, the military look brings khaki shades to this season’s collections, with army greens seen at Rochas, Guy Laroche and Chalayan. Note, however, that camouflage is nowhere to be seen this season.



Short Styles

While skirts keep legs at least partially covered this season, shorts are sure to show them off. Several versions are in line for SS16, with loose-cut shorts and mini shorts at Giorgio Armani or frayed cut-offs at Alexander Wang. Paul & Joe kept things casual with laid-back denim shorts.

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Dolce & Gabbana Headline Muslim Fashion Makeover

We first noticed this development on our social media feeds and we think it deserves consideration, especially in Asia. Dolce & Gabbana, never a fashion house to shy away from bold statements, claimed the first fashion headline story of the year this week with its launch of a collection of hijabs and abayas. It will surely spark question about inclusiveness in fashion as well as perhaps cultural appropriation.

The ‘Abaya Collection’, aimed at clients in the Middle East, features the Italian house’s signature loud prints, centered around daisies and polka dots that contrast starkly against a black background. Lace-trimmed hemlines, cut-out overlays and a dash of jeweled embellishment ensure that the lightweight pieces radiate glamour while remaining conservative in structure.

Stefano Gabbana unveiled the collection on Instagram, where it can be seen styled with the house’s blinged-up accessories to consolidate its fashion gravitas.

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The news signals a change of direction for Dolce & Gabbana, which is known for its loud, lusty and occasionally exhibitionist approach to fashion but the house is not the only one to have woken up to the needs of the booming Muslim market recently.

In 2014, DKNY unveiled a surprise capsule collection in the Middle East, timed to coincide with the pre-Ramadan spending spree, featuring conservative trousers, separates and dresses. Fellow US label Tommy Hilfiger followed suit in June 2015 with a limited-edition selection of cute party dresses for girls and full-length, long-sleeved dresses and flowing maxi skirts for women in soft shades of white, black and teal. Not to be outdone, luxury site Net-a-Porter.com also got on board with its own ‘Ramadan Edit’ in a direct attempt to target Muslim shoppers.

Dolce & Gabbana’s collection is less cynical in its timing, and the news is being heralded as the label’s smartest business move for some time. As Muslim fashion figures are gaining influence by becoming increasingly integrated into the industry – last July Uniqlo teamed up with teen blogger Hana Tajima on an Islam-appropriate fashion line and in September H&M released its first-ever ad featuring hijab-wearing Muslim model Mariah Idrissi – it is clear that the worlds of Western and Middle Eastern style are beginning to find middle ground. Dolce & Gabbana’s move will surely catalyze the movement. So could 2016 be the year that fashion finally begins to cater for all?

3 Instagram Friendly Homes

There’s no place like home, so it makes sense to make it your own by dressing it up to suit your whim and fancy. It doesn’t hurt if it ends up being Instagrammable either. To send some inspiration your way, our friends at L’Officiel Singapore take you into the cribs of some of their favorite tastemakers, each brimming with so much character – just like the ladies of the house.


Black viscose-blend midi dress with flared hem and mesh inserts, DKNY.

Teo Jia En (@roomorama)

We’re not going to lie – we were expecting a lot from this soon-to-be mother of two’s house. She is, after all, the founder of Roomorama, an online booking platform that links travelers to stunning, professionally-managed accommodations around the world, meaning she’s got a good eye for interior design. Teo’s home is like a sanctuary, full of earthy tones, wood, natural light and lush flora. A perfect balance between minimalism and maximalism – clean walls and floors in one room and a massive black wood bookshelf filled with vintage knick-knacks in the next – the entrepreneur’s house is eclectic without being loud, underscored by a zen allure.


“My husband is an avid photographer. We have photos from our travels and portraits of our family all over the house”


“I love minimal, clean spaces and simple lines on my furniture, but it’s always fun to add colour and dimension with fun cushions.”


“The beautiful vintage Lettera typewriter was something my father-in-law found in his store room.”


Red ribbed boiled-wool turtleneck sweater, DKNY. Crepe trousers and leather slip-ons with fur, Cao’s own

Yoyo Cao (@yoyokulala)

We couldn’t leave our ambassador out of the list now, could we? Like her signature, widely-followed style, Cao’s crib is part-minimal, part-quirky with a dose of the unexpected. The color scheme is pristinely white with rhythmic touches of red, whether it’s a pattern on the wall or a striking ornate chandelier. As one would imagine, her home is every fashion girl’s dream – fashion photography books by the TV, perfume bottles and accessories sprawled over tables, and a mini room filled with shelves and shelves of the dreamiest shoes.


“When it comes to colors, red is my clear favorite – it’s bold, vibrant and passionate. You’ll find pockets of it all over my house.”


“I love my mini and micro bags. They aren’t just great accessories – they work very well as decor, too!”


“There’s just something very photographable about a shelf of fashion coffee table books.”


Cream wool-blend turtleneck sweater, DKNY. Crepe trousers, Lee’s own

Jaime Lee (@jaim)/(@thepaperbunny)

Lee’s home is perhaps best described as hipster Brooklyn café meets 1960s Manhattan apartment. In other words – very Instagrammable. Authentic vintage furniture and Don Draper approved colors are mixed with grey brick walls, shadeless bulbs and framed typography art prints created by Lee for The Paper Bunny, a local boutique stationer she co-founded. You’ll also find interesting trinkets around the house – spools of twine, cheeseboards, candles, ornate tableware, the like – that have made cameos in her widely-liked Instagram flat lays.


“Our home is based loosely on that mid-century, Mad Men style, so you will find a lot of Woody vintage furniture with pencil legs and fabric seats with piping.”


“The ‘This is Home, Truly’ print is from The Paper Bunny, created for SG50!”

Story Credits

Text by Candice Chua

Photography by Mun Kong

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DKNY kids autumn/winter 2015

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 stays true to its usual urban style with its kids collection reflecting the casual style of places like Williamsburg and Brooklyn.

Designed for children from 6 months to 16 years old, the collection contains timeless pieces that have a slightly “vintage” feel.

Girls can choose from t-shirts with messages, a leather biker jacket, plaid pants and gauze skirts. For boys, the trend includes turtleneck pullovers, dark denim, sleeveless padded jackets and blue chinos.

Maxwell Osborne and Dao Yi Chow

DKNY Appoints Two New Creative Directors

Maxwell Osborne and Dao Yi Chow

Iconic US fashion house  has announced the appointment of two new creative directors to take the brand into a new era.

The duo, who founded the CFDA Award-winning brand Public School, will oversee all collections, effective immediately. They will divide their time between DKNY and Public School.

Commenting on their appointment, Osborne and Chow said they are thrilled to “contribute to the next chapter of DKNY, one of the most iconic brands created by Donna Karan.”

DKNY was founded by Karan in 1988 and has evolved over the years to adapt to a younder demographic and the changing market.

Karan stepped down as CEO of the company in 1997 and the brand was bought by LVMH in 2001.

Donna Karan Spring 2015

Andreea Diaconu is the new face of Donna Karan

Donna Karan Spring 2015

Donna Karan New York has revealed the face at the center of its Spring 2015 campaign: Romanian supermodel Andreea Diaconu.

The 23-year-old model was captured by German photographer Peter Lindbergh. She poses in a fitted printed fabric gown against a backdrop decorated by larger-than-life brushstrokes.

Very popular in her native Romania, Andreea Diaconu is increasingly well-known abroad, having posed in campaigns for prestigious brands including Tiffany & Co., De Beers and Chloé. She has also walked the runways of Balmain, Nina Ricci, Mugler and Isabel Marant.

DKNY Cruise 2015

Cara Delevingne stars in DKNY Cruise 2015 campaign

DKNY Cruise 2015

After designing her own   capsule collection,  has posed for the brand’s Cruise 2015 campaign.

But she’s not the only one. The darling of Christopher Bailey (and many others) is joined by true New Yorkers, just like the ones Donna Karan chose to put on the runway at New York fashion week.

DKNY Cruise 2015

But these models aren’t just any fashionistas off the street. Vashtie Kola, Brandee Brown and Chelsea Leyland (who is British but lives in New York) are known for their work as talented directors, photographers and DJs.

Shot by Christian MacDonald, the campaign explores different aspects of the new Cruise collection.

DKNY Cruise 2015 ad campaign

The models look sweet in pink, minimalist and mature in navy and grey, and finally more urban in black and white, wearing caps and sneakers.

In short, it’s an eclectic line presented by members of the creative avant-garde. What could be more New York?

DKNY Spring 2014

DKNY Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign

As announced last October, DKNY has staged its Spring 2014 ready-to-wear campaign with a trio of British models, including current it-girl Cara Delevingne.

DKNY Spring 2014

Shot in New York’s Times Square by Swedish photographer Mikael Jansson, the campaign features Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Eliza Cummings.

Wearing looks from the Spring 2014 collection, the models pose in front of a graffiti-covered yellow cab. The DKNY collection combines solids in vibrant colors and black with prints and leather details.