Donna Karen, Barbra Streisand, Apparel
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It takes a legend to dress a legend. On her blog, renowned fashion designer Donna Karen gave the scoop on working with and dressing her long time friend Barbra Streisand for her new concert tour.
Here's what she had to say on her blog:
Barbra Streisand and I are more than friends, we’re soul sisters. I could go on with stories about us playing, vacationing, spiritual retreating, etc, but I wanted to share our most recent collaboration for Barbra’s Back to Brooklyn concert at the new Barclays Center. I’ve dressed Barbra for as long as I can remember. (We first met when I was at Anne Klein. Barbra was my idol, and she came in and fell in love with these sample sweaters I knew to be highly flammable. She wanted them anyway and even offered to sign a waiver.) Anyway, because this Brooklyn concert was so special and personal to Barbra, it was important the clothes have that “wow factor.” We collaborated for weeks and weeks – since the summer, actually. And we both loved the results. First, the black sequins. Nothing catches the lights better than sequins. The menswear-inspired jacket she wore came straight from our fall line. The white shirt framed her face and the matching vest underscored the haberdashery feeling. We had the option of pants and a skirt (personally, I loved the sexy, burnout skirt.) I just love Barbra in tailored pieces and this was a knockout on her. The piece de resistance, however, was the coral dress. Talk about wow! The color and detailing was inspired by Barbra’s vintage Art Deco bracelet (which she wore with the dress.) Then came the cape – I mean, can you ask for anything more dramatic than a sweeping coral cape? The effect was breathtaking. Beyond. She lit up that dark stage like the star she is. After all the chaos, stress and hard work that went into these clothes, we were both thrilled. The looks were so amazing, so perfect and so truly Barbra.
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