February 15, 2012 02:00 PM

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Sitting front row at Donna Karan’s fall 2012 show on Monday, Emmy Rossum was the picture of a fashionable fan in a purple dress by the designer. But she added her own special twist to the ensemble.

“I decided to wear it backward,” she told PEOPLE. “I put it on and the draping was in front. I thought the draping was a little much for 2 p.m., so now it’s got draping in the back, and kind of a weird neck. It was my call.”

Luckily, Karan’s team was fine with the change. “They said, ‘Good, make it your own,'” she shared. And Rossum was happy to take such a fashion risk, too. “There’s a first time for everything,” she said.

After taking her seat, Rossum — joined by DKNY spokesmodel Ashley Greene, Adriana Lima, Rose McGowan (who almost missed the show thanks to a wayward driver) and Rachel Zoe (also running late) — took in the collection of structured red, gray and black coats, dresses and separates that were architecturally exquisite.

“I love that her collection always has a bit of strength, a little bit of vulnerability,” Greene said. “It’s not often that you find a designer that just really embraces a woman, and I really love that.”

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–Jeffrey Slonim


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