Looks from DKNY SS’17. Image courtesy of DKNY.

The future has been up in the air at DKNY since the departure of Donna Karan herself and G-111 Apparel Group’s recent acquisition of the company. No matter what happens, at least there will always be SS’17. For the most recent DKNY collection, shown on Monday, September 12th, at NYFW, creative directors Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow (of Public School fame) presented their own concept of the future, not just for the label but for the city. Their idea for the “new New York” and for DKNY blended the brand’s long-lost 90’s edginess with a dystopian vision of streetwear.

Bella Hadid opened the DKNY SS'17 runway show. Image courtesy of Vogue.
Bella Hadid opened the DKNY SS’17 runway show. Image courtesy of Vogue.

Although there was a heavy celebrity presence in the DKNY audience (Emily Ratajkowski, Martha Hunt, Nina Agdel, Teyana Taylor, Tinashe, Constance Jablonski, Dev Winsor, Hannah Bronfman, Mia Moretti, Caroline Vreeland Shea Marie, Athena Calderone, Aimee Song, Cara Santana, Fabulous, Russell Westbrook, Joakim Noah, and Iman Shumpert were all present in the front row) the name with the most buzz was to be found on the runway. Bella Hadid opened the show, in a structured, hooded mini dress with a plunging neckline and pronounced shoulders.

The runway finale of DKNY SS'17.
The runway finale of DKNY SS’17. Image courtesy of DKNY.

Her look set the tone for the rest of the collection which included activewear silhouettes with a Blade Runner spin, in a mostly neutral palette save for some pops of orange and pastel. For the finale, models strutted the runway in jumpsuits embalmed with the phrase “New York is the New New York.”


Images courtesy of DKNY, unless otherwise noted.

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