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DKNY's Chic Menswear Collection Launches Fashion Week Madness With Style at a High-end Pawn Shop

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Donna Karan ushered in New York Fashion Week with her DKNY menswear runway show yesterday evening at an almost shockingly large and decadently appointed pawn shop-cum-restaurant called Beauty & Essex on the Lower East Side. The collection: Military-inspired, lots of gray, multiple shades of blue, olive and khaki. Lots of suits, lots of techno-fabrics, shearling-lined coats, slim pants—chic, professional, wearable. There's a three-button jersey blazer and a trim gray wool double-breasted suit we would wear tomorrow—but will it make it into stores? We'll find out.

Some other notes: The food and drinks were astonishingly plentiful (this is an exception to the Fashion week rule), even if the largely male, largely black-clad crowd weren't doing a lot of eating or drinking. Post-show, models—all 33 looks of them—were allowed to nosh; and they really power-noshed. They were not allowed to imbibe, however—and there was some wrist-slapping. Anyway, please know that males models definitely eat. And so does Ms. Karan—we spotted her looking stunning at the bar, in a black cocktail dress. By the way: She's a Blackberry, she likes macaroons.
· DKNY [Official Site]