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donna karan | liquid assets.

27 February 2009

Yes darlings, I can feel spring in the air (at least on the Western Hemisphere)! It’s an indescribable feeling, really; waking up without frostbitten toes, feeling incredibly happy for no particular reason, and having this sudden rush of boldness and a need to carpe diem and kiss a random, cute boy on the streets. It is spring, indeed! That said, I’ve decided to revisit Spring RTW collections of 2009. I am fully aware that we had just finished with NY Fashion Week for Fall 2009, but darlings, as good as it is to plan ahead, we must live for the now! As far as I am concerned, autumn is months away, but spring is here (almost!).

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I’ve always had mixed feelings on Donna Karan. Sometimes I love it; most of the time I find it too grunge-y for my taste. Yet Ms. Karan’s Spring RTW Collection for 2009 was truly breathtaking – the photos from Style.com really do the collection no justice. It is only in the video (I watch runway shows vicariously through style.com) where the actual beauty of the clothing can be seen. I’ve fallen in love with the languid  nature of the clothing. Simply organic luxe.

One reason why? Les couleurs. Besides the ever classic black, neutrals and greens are my favorite colors to base my wardrobe around. Truly amazing shades of nude, beige, taupe, brown, and grays, highlighted with touches of light green and blues. Earthy tones become seductive with citrus-y colors.

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I absolutely adore the beauty look of the spring show. J’adore, j’adore, j’adore! Gorgeous, blown-out hair, flipped at the ends. A breath of fresh air, really, especially when the just-rolled-out-of-bed, tousled, undone look for hair  has been dominating a majority of runways for quite a few seasons now. I really do love that done and finished look – ’tis truly ladylike and gives this air of sophistication. And now moving to the face: goooood byeee, matte skin! Hello, dewy-ness! Flawless, fresh, and youthful with a tad bit of highlighter on the T-zone for a bit more glow and little to no blush in peachy nude. The eyes are the focus of the face, illuminated with a tres shimmery gold (more luminescent than sparkly) on the inner corners of the eyes and extended into a peach-colored shadow. A bit of dark liner on the top lid, layers of mascara that’s been combed through on the top and bottom for extra oomph. And finished with a peach, nude colored, high shine gloss. (Note to self: dewy skin, peachy colors, and gloss!) Love, love, love.

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Juxtaposition. A favorite word of mine, and of Michael Kors. I’ve concluded that I either (a) have a penchant for any collection that balances opposites perfectly; or (b) make misnomers in labeling everything I like as a “juxtaposition of …”. Anywho. I love how the smallest details – changes in embellishments and fabrics – can completely alter the ambiance of a similar item. Though both are strappy sandals with a thick heel (which I adore!), the shoe to the left makes use of textured fabrics that look more natural/organic. The other, in satin and embellished with stones, is similar in structure but has an entirely different feel: much more luxe. Needless to say, the differences in fabrics do make a huge difference. I truly do love both, particularly the left shoe; the neutral browns and taupe is gorgeous, the chunky heel and platform fabulous. Imagine it paired with a pair of fantastic skinny jeans and a beige butterfly-sleeved top that almost resembles a cape. B-e-a-utiful.

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Languidly slouchy, provocative, and sexy. With water as Donna Karan’s inspiration for the spring collection, the liquid-like textures and drapings reflect the water’s movements and colors. Liquid Assets, she calls it. And liquid assets indeed. Where luxury can be effortless and “bathrobe chic”, fabrics were draped beautifully over the woman’s body. Satin jersey and matte charmeuse created the liquid effect that added a bit more drama and dimension to the already draped fabrics. This collection epitomized grunge-chic in making it luxe; deconstructed blazers over dresses cinched low on the hips. It was all about the décolleté, one of the most demurely sexy areas of a woman’s body, in low, v-neck cuts. Comfort meets sexy and luxury, in laymen’s terms.

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What I would give to own each of these gowns. In a sheer, lightly draped charmeuse for that divine feel, and embellished with tiny crystals to replicate the shimmery specks of light when the sun is upon the water. Simply amazing how the crystals capture the light and sparkle in the most sophisticated manner.

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Even in a collection based entirely on liquid assets and languid textures, there is always a bit of structure added into the mix for balance. With emphasized shoulders and boxy cuts, these mini dresses still possess the characteristics of the majority of the collection in delicate drapery. Beautiful, natural stones and materials serve as embellishments around the neckline – which rids the need of pairing jewelry.

I promise this is the last time I’ll say it.

J’adore. Period.

xoxo,

La C.

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64 Comments leave one →
  1. 27 February 2009 10:36 am

    I love this collection! All the colors and fabrics are just perfect! OMG, I want SPRING!!! N-O-W!

  2. 27 February 2009 10:51 am

    Hi La C,

    I like this collection, but I agree Donna Karan creation… Those shoes are amazing…

    Have a great Friday, darling!

    Janet

  3. 27 February 2009 10:53 am

    what a gorgeous collection! loving the luxury feel of the silk, the soft colours are perfect for spring summer too. and oh I love the makeup look, very natrual and radiant! 🙂

    xx

  4. 27 February 2009 10:58 am

    Those shoes are beautiful!

  5. 27 February 2009 11:56 am

    ohhhh, gorgeous post! hurray for spring! i too have seen the first signs of it, just little bits of green and brown showing through all that white. my boyfriend says spring is the sexiest season, and you have chosen the perfect fashion to highlight that. shiny draping and organic luxury. so lovely! thank you for the inspiration… and also for your incredibly sweet comment on my blog.
    xx
    chloe

  6. Girl Japan permalink
    27 February 2009 12:01 pm

    Stunningly beautiful post.. I dig the first snap, I really do and I like her “pout” nice and natural (but you know I would be using a primer on my face first to get that succulent look) lol

  7. 27 February 2009 12:11 pm

    Give me spring now! Such a beautiful post;)<333 J’adore<333

  8. 27 February 2009 12:17 pm

    In France too it feels spring ( or at least at Bordeaux) that’s great!!!xxx

  9. 27 February 2009 12:37 pm

    these are all fantastic! i am with you on the colors – i LOVE the greens and nudes..the make-up is so fresh looking..the shoes are stunning, i would like to own every pair. and the slinkiness or liquidity of the fabrics, j’adore!!!

  10. 27 February 2009 1:14 pm

    LOVE this look! It’s so sultry from the dresses to the makeup… i think i need to go shopping for a “liquid look” 🙂

  11. 27 February 2009 1:57 pm

    Hey Fab, first time I’ve seen you on this site! 🙂 Anyways, I couldn’t agree with you more on this collection La C! The “liquid” draping of this collection is so flattering to a woman’s body type by draping her curves instead of clinging to them giving a sophisticated sexiness. The makeup is gorgeous, now I have to go get a peach gloss and shadow!!

  12. 27 February 2009 2:31 pm

    Oh how beautiful! The collection practically epitomizes Spring. And the makeup is perfect and inspiring! Great post.

  13. 27 February 2009 2:41 pm

    This collection would make any woman feel like Venus.

  14. 27 February 2009 3:08 pm

    I love how in-depth your coverage of this collection was! And the makeup look is just lovely.

  15. 27 February 2009 3:52 pm

    Wonderful, I love Donna Karan. Thanks for bringing my attention to her designs. What a terrific show! Each outfit is just adorable!! xx, Sofie

  16. 27 February 2009 4:53 pm

    Thanks for the detailed review of DK’s collection!

  17. 27 February 2009 5:48 pm

    Wow!I like the dresses and the shoes!!!xoxo

  18. 27 February 2009 6:04 pm

    I like the drape of some of the fabrics, and I like the grey, blue and green. Now I just need to exercise more so my thighs can be seen in things like that!

  19. 27 February 2009 6:12 pm

    I’ve never given much thought to Donna Karan but the way you present and describe the collection makes me want to take a second look.

  20. 27 February 2009 6:25 pm

    great post babe.

  21. 27 February 2009 6:35 pm

    Oh, those clothes are just beautiful!
    And yes, I am also very excited for spring.
    This post makes me even more excited. :]

    – laur @ neonmango

  22. kristine permalink
    27 February 2009 7:34 pm

    this is definitely one of your greatest posts ever. but then again i say that for every one of them.

    but i really love how you formatted this & the pictures. i can see you working at style.com/magazine going to shows looking all fabulous!

  23. 27 February 2009 7:38 pm

    I love, love, LOVE the colors and the beautiful textures of all these collections! These are such beautiful spring collections 🙂
    Excellent post, darling. And you’re wonderful (even if we have completely opposite music tastes!).
    xo

  24. 27 February 2009 7:42 pm

    I want each and everyone of these pieces. They are all so floaty and ethereal. This is a collection you can’t help but love. As you already said…j’adore!

  25. thebaglady permalink
    27 February 2009 9:44 pm

    I know I say this a lot, but you really have a way with words. Everything you touch (describe, rather) turns to gold. 🙂

    Have a fab weekend, dearest LC!

  26. 27 February 2009 10:18 pm

    I love the movement on these!

  27. 27 February 2009 10:40 pm

    I love the make up, it looks so fresh 🙂

  28. 27 February 2009 11:31 pm

    Love this collection… all the nudes and the pastel colours are simply perfect for spring. I agree… live for the now!

  29. 27 February 2009 11:37 pm

    I have always been a fan of Donna Karan. And I love her Spring 2009 RTW collection. I love how
    simple everything is, the colors, the hair, the
    makeup. These looks really represent the
    beauty of spring.

  30. 28 February 2009 12:02 am

    i love it too!
    it’s so light and airy and simplechic and
    everything you said is true
    ❤ thank you for sharing!!

  31. 28 February 2009 1:05 am

    Donna Karan is always so chic.

  32. 28 February 2009 1:49 am

    I think you’re an excellent writer! You’ve described the collection in such vivid detail =] It’s amazing! I love this collection for it’s luxurious feel and colours too — there’s something special about it even though many designers incorporate the luxurious element in their collections too. I’m loving the heels!

  33. 28 February 2009 4:08 am

    Hi there-I agree, her collections are most covetable and stylish, if only, haha! Have a great weekend!

  34. 28 February 2009 5:15 am

    J’adore aussi!!!

    I adore Donna Karan’s beautiful collections for its languid & luxurious long lines, drape that dances with the body and incredible elegance. The palette for this Spring collection was so light & delicious, I’m in love with every piece!

    I’ll repeat with you: J’ADORE!
    xx

  35. 28 February 2009 6:18 am

    Oh I sooooo agree with you “autumn is months away, but spring is here”.
    Why worry too much with Fall if we must start to prepare Spring clothes???

    Great collection!!! Thanks for sharing.

    xoxo

  36. rossovelvet permalink
    28 February 2009 7:45 am

    Fantastic analyse… And I really love the liquid/languid factor. You’re totally right, the photos doesn’t do it justice…
    But your post totally does 😀

  37. 28 February 2009 10:58 am

    Amazing!!! Love it<3

  38. 28 February 2009 12:16 pm

    I totally agree with your feelings on this collection, this is probably the first time I have ever truly adored her designs.
    xxx

  39. 28 February 2009 1:10 pm

    Ooooh I am in love with the light flowly ‘I just threw on a delicious piece of silk and it happens to hang perfectly on my body’ look!! I’m ready for SUMMER forget Spring!

  40. 28 February 2009 1:44 pm

    wow… gorgeous!
    xo

  41. 28 February 2009 2:52 pm

    Wow La C where to start! lol 😛

    I agree theres something so refreshing about wearing earthy tones. Feels like i’m really in sync with what nature intended us to wear which totally just doesn’t make sense but it does to me? 😦

    Juxtaposition is one of my fav words too. I also find excuses to use it daily haha

    Truly awesome post here doll-face.

    Hope your sat/sun is going well!

    Luv always Eeli xx

  42. 28 February 2009 2:55 pm

    This is the first time I’ve been to your blog. I really like it a lot. These are some great designs. They are beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend.

  43. 28 February 2009 3:32 pm

    I totally agree with you (a) that this collection is exquisite and (b) that we must focus on the season at hand! Gorgeous post, lovely writing. Aces all around!

    xoxox,
    CC

  44. 28 February 2009 3:45 pm

    I love the light blue dress!

  45. 28 February 2009 6:30 pm

    I’ve always been such a huge fan of Donna Karen. I find her clothes to be feminine and sexy and just love how she’s perfected draping. Whenever I wear her clothing, it always just lays perfectly and moves beautifully! I ADORE her spring 09 line 🙂

  46. 28 February 2009 8:19 pm

    100% stunning collection, trust me, guys love it when girls dress like this and go for a neutral look! 😉

  47. 28 February 2009 9:22 pm

    Aw thank you loves! =]

    Just Jr.: Haha =] That’s good then! I shall keep that in mind!

    xoxo,
    La C.

  48. 28 February 2009 9:52 pm

    i like the smooth, silky, drappery feel of the look 🙂
    oh and the colours are too!

  49. 28 February 2009 10:04 pm

    I feel spring in the air too! Donna Karan just has the most magical way with gold. no one can do it better than her.

    Guess What?! CoutureCarrie awarded my with an amazing blog award, and I passed it on to you. So, now you have to pass it on to a few others. ❤
    You seriously deserve it!

  50. 28 February 2009 10:36 pm

    Donna Karen has a way with gold, it’s magical and amazing! Great post La C!

    xo

  51. 28 February 2009 10:43 pm

    No problem sweetie.
    Urban Planet is a
    Canadian store. Kind of
    like an H&M lol.

  52. 1 March 2009 12:57 am

    These are wonderful for spring! Great post!

  53. 1 March 2009 1:15 am

    Donna Karen is the Queen of silk jersey manipulation. She does amazing things with these silky knit fabrics. I love her.

  54. 1 March 2009 2:01 am

    hihi, love the fluid look of 09ss collections.

  55. 1 March 2009 3:23 am

    oh gosh, the colors… love the nude colorless colors and the fabric… the smooth silky fabric… ooh i die

  56. 1 March 2009 5:26 am

    oh my god. the juxtaposition shoes haha, im in love. satin looks like it feels the best. donna karan ss09 reminds me a bit of bcbg maxazria ss09 but in a more relaxed sexy way. ah both are lovely. i love it. i cant wait for warm weather!!!

  57. 1 March 2009 8:54 am

    gosh ur posts are always so interesting to read, love it! the spring look from Donna is great i especially like the makeup look! the shade in the inner corner of the eyes is to die for!! x

  58. 1 March 2009 10:48 am

    Just passing by.Btw, your website have great content!

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  59. 1 March 2009 11:23 am

    insidemode: thank you love! i feel so honored =]

    heartofpearl: thanks! ❤

    xoxo,
    La C.

    happy march first!

  60. 1 March 2009 12:19 pm

    ah, i always forget about the s/s collections after a/w 🙂

    i loved this collection too!
    we have fantastic taste 🙂

    mxx

  61. abdcforever permalink
    1 March 2009 2:15 pm

    gorg pictures & words. what you said bout those shoes makes me want to forget the nike dunks & hoodies! LOL.

  62. abdcforever permalink
    1 March 2009 4:20 pm

    haha bak again cus im bored today. luv goin thru ur blog. really good stuff. def will inspire my shopping trip later. wow i luv how you can make me go from hip-hoppish to girly.

    thats amazing rite there. talent + beast persuasion skillz

  63. foolfashion permalink
    2 March 2009 4:14 am

    Nice!

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