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Donna Karan Fall 2012: It's a Woman's World

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The Scene: Fashion's top-tier journalists, digital editors and buyers convened in outer Chelsea for Donna's show, where they were joined by actresses Ashley Greene, Rose McGowan, and Emmy Rossum. Once the seated crowd fell silent, it seemed as though the show was beginning—but it didn't. At least, not until Rachel Zoe (with husband Rodger in tow) dashed across the runway to their seats at the last second.

The Soundtrack: James Brown's "It's a Man's World" started things off, and the final walk was (very fittingly) set to Whitney Houston's "I'm Every Woman."

The Look: Even with models in perfectly-fitted pantsuits, double-breasted blazers and tiny top hats (courtesy of master milliner Stephen Jones), this collection was all about conveying a woman's strength and power. Black and pinstriped grey, the colors most common in men's suiting, mixed with occasional hits of fire-engine red—the sexiest of all shades. Donna outfitted many of the girls in pressed collars and cuffs cut from clean white shirting fabric, and spat booties and oxfords carried that same masculine vibe all the way down to the models' feet. Of course, even the most menswear-heavy collection had to include some of Donna's famous gowns—and we're sure Ashley Greene will soon be snapped in that scarlet satin finale number.

Pieces We Want: Since we can't pull off a teensy fedora with half the success of WhoWhatWear's Hillary Kerr, we'll settle for one of the downtown-cool red and black plaid jackets that opened the show. Part of Donna's Casual Luxe line, they're just the thing we want to bundle up in during NYC's current cold snap.

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