• Text Tempe Nakiska
  • Photography  James Naylor
  • 16th June 2014

New urbanites

It was with a certain ceremony that DKNY last night presented its menswear collection in London. It was a moment for both DKNY and LC:M, one that called for something slick and overwhelmingly urbanite – the cornerstones of Donna Karan’s namesake brand.

And they delivered: an army of models and street cast London creatives stalked a runway backgrounded with the never-static urban sprawl of a New York and the faces of the young creatives who inhabit it. So it would seem there was a theme here, being the idea that talent comes fast and strong in cities that rarely sleep. It’s a universal trait.

The collection itself was dynamic, a sleek uniform for those who live and breathe the city. High tech fabrics in metallic silver and deep navy, grid-inspired prints, a techno jersey Harrington jacket. Shoes were to good to go, buckle up or slip on. It was all about hybrid dressing: baseball jerseys were paired with crisp tailoring here; a duffel coat matched with sleek navy trousers there.

It’s this clever and innately contemporary combination DKNY has been heralded for time and time again. It’s also one that will clearly continue to perform, across city and ocean alike.