Revisiting the 7 Easy Pieces that originally put her on the fashion map in the 1980s, Donna Karan updated the system for Fall 2009 by focusing less on uniforms and more on flexibility. "Two-piece dressing is the foundation the collection was built upon," she explains, noting that instead of one-piece dresses, the emphasis is on tops and bottoms for maximum mixing-and-matching. "Having the potential for multiple choices, to be able to have a contrasting top and bottom, or have it seamlessly matched for pure flexibility to go from day to evening." For more on her failproof system of dressing well, check out her video at DonnaKaran.com.
- Lesley Scott