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Donna Karan
Donna Karan

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Donna Karan is synonymous with New York and has built her reputation on a multi-cultural language of fashion with the international woman in mind. A wardrobe that goes from day to evening, weekday to weekend, designed for modern life, forever on the move.

Creation date: 1984
CEO: Caroline Brown
Head office: 550 7th Avenue, New-York, NY 10018 - United States of America
Website: www.donnakaran.com

Identity

As a veritable icon of the New York fashion scene, Donna Karan fully embraces her global – some would say ‘holistic’ – vision of design: “Everything I do is a matter of heart, body and soul.” When she founded her House in 1985, she created the Seven Easy Pieces, a system of interchangeable essentials designed to be used in infinite combinations. This wish to simplify life for modern women without sacrificing elegance or sensuality would never go out of fashion. Donna Karan set out her basic principles very early on: the universal language of fashion, the fluidity of soft fabrics that sculpt the body, and a New York palette of black, beige and red. Perfume, shoes, home accessories, etc.:  Donna Karan has grown into a whole universe of products that symbolize a busy, urban lifestyle and fully embrace their femininity. “Design is a constant challenge for me, a quest for the perfect balance of comfort and luxury, reality and desire” explains the designer, who still runs the creative side of the House that bears her name.

© Courtesy of Donna Karan New York

Icon

A bodysuit, a tailored jacket, a skirt, pants, a cashmere sweater, a leather jacket and an outfit for the evening. Launched in 1985, Donna Karan's Seven Easy Pieces revolutionized the contemporary wardrobe. Based on an intuitive understanding of the needs and desires of busy women, they combine seven easy to wear garments.

Models wearing bodysuits, Donna Karan show, spring 1986 © Courtesy of Donna Karan New York

Insights

© Courtesy of Donna Karan New York

“Donna Karan is the ultimate urban woman’s brand. The adaptability of the brand’s system of dressing gives women around the world the confidence to express their own personal style”.

Inspiration

For Donna Karan, inspiration is everywhere. First of all it comes from New York and its architecture and residents. But it also comes from her love of nature, as well as her passion for travel and discovering new cultures and local traditions. Thanks to the influence of her husband, the artist Stephan Weiss, her fondness for traditional arts and crafts also extends to sculpture. Whatever the source, her inspiration always expresses itself subtly in Donna Karan’s designs and can end up in a color palette, a texture or an outline.

The famous DKNY “Soho Wall” on Houston Street in So Ho, New York © Courtesy of DKNY
The iconic Donna Karan Bridge image © Courtesy of Donna Karan New York

Outlook

Donna Karan was one of the first American designers to open a store in Asia in 1993. Twenty years later, the House has more than 50 stores in China. For the first time in their history, Donna Karan and her ‘street smart style’ DKNY range opened a joint store in Shanghai’s Kerry Center, in fall 2013. The two brands have joined forces to tell Shanghai women about New York fashion, from its most sophisticated to its most fashionable forms.

Key figures

  • 175 Donna Karan New York and DKNY stores worldwide
  • 1,668 worldwide employees for Donna Karan International
  • 2 million “Likes” for the DKNY and Donna Karan New York brands on Facebook