Looks from Donna Karan Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010, and Fall 2008
Legendary American designer, Donna Karan, has officially retired from the fashion empire that bears her name. Although Karan will remain an advisor, the brand will not be looking for a successor in the near future. Karan got her start in the late 1960’s as Anne Klein’s assistant and by 1974 she worked her way up to chief designer. In 1984, Donna Karan opened the doors of her own business where she quickly became known for her “Essentials Line.” Karan revolutionized the way working women dressed with seven pieces that can easily be mixed-and-matched. Donna Karan’s ability to relate to women and their needs has always been the leading factor in what separates her from her male competitors. Along with Ralph and Calvin, Karan was apart of the triumvirate who defined the era of 90’s fashion. With her tailored daywear and sensual evening selections, all of which empower the women she dresses, Donna Karan reached icon status. Over the years, she has scored two Womenswear Designer of the Year Awards and the CFDA Lifetime Achievement award. Karan’s designs have not faltered whatsoever; they remain an epitome of elegance and sophistication. In a market flooded with contemporary labels, she has managed to stay one of the key centerpieces of NYC Fashion Week. After 31 remarkable years the Donna Karan line will most likely not be moving forward, but the company will reorganize itself to increase focus on the trendier, more cost conscious DKNY brand. Karan herself is looking to put more energy into her Urban Zen line and its non-profit foundation dedicated to bettering the treatment process of patients with cancer. The American fashion industry owes itself to the woman that put it on the map. Even though Donna Karan is moving onto better things, her empowering designs will be missed. Take a look back at a few of Karan’s best runway looks.