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Donna Karan SS15 Dazed Paolo Musa
Ronja Furrer (IMG) at Donna Karan SS15Photography Paolo Musa

Donna Karan SS15

This season was all about art, with a little help from Stephen Jones' breathtakingly sculptural creations

Initial reaction: 

Donna Karan is always mining the city itself for inspiration, and this season was all about art. Cold-dyed canvas, papery cottons and painted prints covered in appliqué rendered looks as works. Raw expressiveness linked the materials in the collection, and some pieces even appeared to be tapered and cinched with shiny black tape, as if quickly altered by someone who was eager to see a silhouette come to life. 

Headed towards the surreal:

Tall – very tall – woven hats seemed to float atop models' heads: Stephen Jones' accessories elevated the collection, adding a sculptural element to the arty inspiration. Of course, even in a Mad Hatter chapeau, Karlie Kloss managed to close the show with her signature serpentine allure.

Art and commerce:

The art inspiration brought to mind David Byrne's recent plea in The Guardian to take action against the rampant inequality in New York, which he said stifles creativity and cultural vibrancy. 

Last season saw Donna Karan celebrate house codes for the label's 30th birthday, with lots of skin: