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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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