Backstage at Donna Karan

Lights, Camera, Fashion!

Last week Saks Fifth Avenue Boston hosted a fabulous fashion show for Donna Karan New York. Transforming an empty 9th floor warehouse in South Boston into an ultra chic catwalk, Saks put on a show that would rival a high end production in any of our favorite fashion capitols. The event attracted Boston’s best and brightest fashionistas, socialites, and mavens. The glitterati included fashion fixture Marilyn Riseman, Boston boutique boy Riccardo Dallai Jr., power couples Bill Emery and Chase Pennington, Josh Janson and Benjamin McGuire, Nina and William Schroeder, and the preppy pineapple prince himself David Sebastian Wedemeyer.  Although the show displayed Donna Karan‘s ready to wear F/W 2013 line the production and ambiance left fashionable Bostonians and New Yorkers impressed beyond belief.

As the sun set, the room filled, the music was turned up and the wine began to flow. I myself was backstage, exactly where I wanted to be: with the clothes.


This collections was rich with texture, flow and attitude. Her use of curly haired shearlings, leather, suede, velvet, fur and jersey was effortless and dynamic. Creating a very smart
Look, the collection in its entirety was very appropriate for the Boston buyer. Offering beautifully tailored skirts and jackets, select pieces could be worn in the office (a very chic office that is), but paired with a sexy top and the right accessories could be worn after work for drinks or a night on the town with the girls. Typical behavior for the business minded Bostonian I must say.


suited and booted models and designer Donna Karan

Yes! That is Donna Karan herself back stage. Right before the show went on she gave all the models a “once over” and gave her blessing for them to walk the runway.  Apparently she flew in from Israel especially for this event; and It was well worth it! The show a terrific and really displayed the brand’s range and celebrated her talents as a designer.


Models al lined up with matching bondage ponytails…seriously, these things were kept up by bondage tape. Kinda sexy!

While some of the garments catered towards the urban professional type, others were more casual. Leather trimmed jersey wrap skirts paired with the designer’s signature turtle neck body suit updated an iconic look. Geometric asymmetrical capes, capelets and shawls were added to a number of looks adding drama and dimension. In some cases they were draped over sheer tops making the catwalk look a little bit more street worthy. (I know Boston has come a long way with fashion, but sheer tops and exposed nipples are still a bit too fashion forward for this old Puritan town) these fashionable cover ups could also be used to camouflage unsightly lumps and bumps. Yet another way DKNY demonstrates this collection can be worn by a range of women with various body types.

This was my favorite look of the show:


Over the knee boots
Skinny jeans
Curly haired shearling coat

But the show stoppers of the whole event were these slashed leather and crystal pieces!


Check out the whole collection here:

….look who I spotted!


Local designer Luke Aaron. perhaps picking up a few tips from the the fashion icon before his own show this week? Luke Aaron is a couture bridal designer based in the North End. His gowns are absolutely gorgeous, definitely worth trying to snag a ticket to his show this Friday October 4th at The Union Club of Boston:


Luke Aaron Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Runway Presentation

The Union Club of Boston
8 Park Street
Boston MA

By invitation




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