secondfourthfirstthird Happy 25th Birthday DKNY!

Fittingly, the first few pieces to grace the catwalk gave a nod to this momentous anniversary, with ‘25’ emblazoned across jackets, tees, and more.

Walking to the sounds of the Beastie Boys, the show had a major 90s feel to it. It was then no surprise that this wave of 90s nostalgia was equally evident in the new DKNY collection for Spring Summer 2014. After all, who couldn’t love the classic 90s slip dress which made an appearance once or twice.

Donna Karen had the city girl in mind with models wearing skirt suits with trainers perfecting practicality: ‘fast fashion with an urban mind set’.

Stylistically this superb new collection for DKNY oozes an innovative design aesthetic, where urban 90s revival (think baseball caps, trainers, and backpacks) meets elegant city-girl chic. The Spring Summer collection matches a combination of masculine clean cut suits with flirtatious and feminine dresses, and surely herald some key trends to soon filter through to the high-street.

Undoubtedly the stand out print of the collection is paisley in black-and-white. Look out for it to stay ahead of the curve in the coming months.

Quite unexpectedly, a beaming Rita Ora bounded down the runway closing today’s show, a playful yet elegant tribute to the collection.

With a deep appreciation for crop tops, low slung trousers, ice cream shades and baseball caps that characterise the collection, DKNY is a definite heavy-hitter in the SS14 fashion stakes.

Contributor: Helena Cartwright