New Yorker Donna Karan was born to be a fashion designer. She has made an distinctive impact on fashion styles in the past and present.
She continues to challenge the mainstream lines of designing clothes, but she never looses focus on how to make fashion work for the "real" female body.
An iconic creator who has the ability to know what women like, want and need. Donna is a graduate of the Parson School of Design.
Before that attending Parson's Ms. Karan had been selling her designs on the streets of New York at the tender age of 14.
While attending Parson's Donna got a job at Anne Klein. Within 2 years she became an associate designer.
With her talent and creativity she was head designer of Ann Klein by age 26.After Ms. Klein's death Donna and Louis Dell'Olio manage the company.
Anne Klein's company developed into a desired brand under the Karan and Olio touleage.
In 1984 Donna left Anne Klein. She took the time to create and prepare for her first women's collection, which debuted in 1985. Her goal was to introduce a line of clothes for the real women today.
During the 80's more women were bleeding into the workplace. Which meant more women needed more of a need for clothes. Clothes not just for the runway, but fashion that could go from the office to dinner and still be comfortable, professional and pretty.
Her debut was so impressive that the Council of Fashion named her Designer of the Year.
Women want clothes that look great and worked well in an out of the office, but needed them affordable.
Donna created DKNY her more affordable fashion line. She was able to provide designer looks without the high designer price tag.
The line was influenced by her original signature collection. Moving right along the DKNY Jeans hit the stores in 1990 following her DKNY Men's Collection in 1992. At this time the Donna Karan's name was associated with "superstar" designer. Not to slow down on her brand building empire Donna released her first fragrance in 1992.
Donna Karan's brand was sold to LVMH (Louis Vuitton, Moet and Hennessey) a French luxury conglomerate in 2001 for around $650 million. When the company was sold Donna agreed to remain on as the designer of her brand.
In 2003 Ms. Karan became the first American to receive the Fashion Group International Superstar Award.
Inspired by New York's fast and hectic lifestyle Donna's lines are always new, different and look flawless. Her clothes have movement and classic structure with a flair. Creating clothes that work well as separates or an unit is invaluable. Being able to do design from this receipt is genuis and is Ms. Karan.
Her clothes are regarded as luxurious with a carefree attitude. She is considered the chief innovator of the bridge line fashions. Donna Karan's clothes reflect comfort and style for the modern woman.