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Front Row Report, DKNY: Kate Mara's Downtown New York Style

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Kate Mara

As a native New Yorker, the actress knows what's up when it comes to dressing casually cool in the Big Apple.

One of the most highly-anticipated presentations at New York Fashion Week this season had to be the DKNY runway show, which was presented Wednesday afternoon in a high-ceiling, light-soaked space underneath the One World Trade Center.

The show marks the first time newly appointed DKNY creative directors and Public School designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne presented for the brand, following founder Donna Karan stepping down as the company's chief designer earlier this summer and Aliza Licht signing off as DKNY PR Girl as well.

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Despite the major changes, there was definitely a sense of excitement before the duo's presentation at 1 WTC. Among one of their famous fans excited to see their work was actress and native New Yorker Kate Mara.

"I'm a fan already of DKNY, so I look forward to seeing what sort of changes and what stays true to the brand and that sort of marriage," the Fantastic Four actress told Pret-a-Reporter before sitting in the front row with Jennifer Hudson, Santigold, Waris Ahluwalia, Olivia Culpo and Donna Karan herself.

FRONT-ROW ROYALTY: Donna Karan, left, and Jennifer Hudson at the DKNY spring 2016 show. (Photo: AP Images)

As someone who describes her style as "so downtown New York," it's no wonder Mara's such a big fan of the brand — she even picked the same outfit that Chow and Osborne had in mind for her to wear to the show.

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"The designers actually sent me a couple of pictures of things they liked for me, and this was my number one pick and theirs as well, so that was kind of nice because we both have [similar taste] and they obviously see me in a way that I see myself," Mara said of choosing the striped double-breasted blazer dress. She added, "I dress pretty casually and always comfortably, so that's sort of what I'm attracted to there. Cool but comfortable and always put together."

Based on the runway looks — perfectly tailored blazers, tops with pleats and loose matching shorts and pinstripe details on jackets and dresses — Mara will have no problem embracing her sophisticated and relaxed style from DKNY's latest offering.

DOWNTOWN DARLINGS: Models on the DKNY spring 2016 runway. (Photos: Courtesy of DKNY.)

 

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