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Orange Breton Stripes and Blazer-capes! It's DKNY Time.

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We love ourselves a good cape, but the trick to pulling off a cape look is to find one that isn't too know, otherwise you're suddenly off to gather acorns in the forest or just plain trying too hard. Thank god DKNY's Fall 2011 Collection had a solution to this problem plaguing hundreds of thousands, if not millions of stylish girls worldwide: the blazer-cape.

The blazer-cape (blape? clazer? cablazer?!) walked the runway in camel, black wool and?for the final look?a black shearling with an opulent sheen to it. Keeping with the straight lines of the collection, the blazer-capes hang long and straight, mimicking the appearance of wearing an oversized blazer in that jaunty manner of just draping it around your shoulders. It's super city, and that's what Donna promised of this collection in the notes: "Young, carefree and full of color, ready to hop on a scooter and take on life in the big city." Oh damn these looks would be that much more awesome on a scooter; scooters make everything better.

The color palette—all hot, warm colors like "cherry," "blush" and "lipstick" with black, navy and gray?was extremely upbeat because youth isn't afraid of a little color in the bleak winter. And the hats...well although you likely won't be seeing many of that shape around come next winter, they were quite the accessory for the cablazers.

Let's not forget to touch on those Breton stripes! Fashion reached a point some time ago that allowed horizontal stripes to mean other things than nautical influence. Donna chose orange for her stripes?city stripes?in comfy sweaters and cute dresses that are going to freaking fly off the shelves. Who doesn't love a good stripe?

We wish we could tell you about the shoes, but we couldn't see them. That's where you really had the advantage if you watched the show's livestream. DKNY still has the full show up on their Facebook page, so tell us what you think of them, hm?

· All Fashion Week Fall 2011 collections coverage [Racked National]
· All Fashion Week Fall 2011 coverage" [Racked NY]