09/15/2011 11:37 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

New York Fashion Week: DKNY Spring 2012 American Expressionist

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Pictured: Bright flowers today at DKNY show
 (photo: M. Hall)

How do you put on a fashion show on the day of national tragedy? By making it a tribute to New York, the city you love. Donna Karan addressed the elephant in the room called Sept. 11th at her DKNY show on Sunday with typical elegance and understatement.  The program reminded New Yorkers and the fashion world how the city came together on Sept. 11th and it was the first thing viewers saw on the program at the Spring/Summer 2012 show.  It took courage to address that, but I think that is Donna Karan's forthright style.

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Pictured: The program from DKNY's show honored the memory of 9/11 (photo M. Hall)
The DKNY collection for Spring/Summer was very American with splashes of red, white and blue, set off by pops of soft pinks, bright raspberry and fuchsia and large floppy hats. The hats for the show were by Kokin. The color palette ranged from bold digital poppies to soft pinks. There were diaphanous flowing, layered dresses, as well as sheath dresses and coats in bright reds accented with floppy hats (lined in blue) perfect for keeping the summer sun off your face. The bright springs colors reminded New Yorkers on this gray day that spring will come again, and the flowers will bloom.  Especially if you're a DKNY girl.
Pictured: A soft pink layered dress for Spring 2012 from DKNY  (photo by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Pictured: DKNY Red zippered top and matching chapeau (photo: M. Hall)

The collection was a mix of form-fitting and loosely structured garments, offering something for a variety of shapes and sizes. Versatile over-sized tees could be paired with skinny pants or contrasting coats and jackets. This collection had more prints that previous collections from DKNY, including some lovely graphite prints in black, white and soft pink patterns. I look forward to seeing the collection in stores this spring. You can never go wrong with a little DKNY.