Donna Karan quits DKI
Donna Karan is no more going to be the chief designer of DKI. It is the brand, which was founded by none but her, 31 years ago. As per LVMH, which provided her with the privilege of International in 2001, she will definitely stay in touch and be a close advisor. For some time it will remain so and will take time to hunt for a successor.
And the fashion shows of the label will experience a transitory break. On the other hand Karan will now be dedicating more time towards Urban Zen Company and foundation.
Karen started her career at Anne Klein and from here she gradually rose to the post of assistant designer and finally as the head of design. In 1984, together with Stephan Weiss, her husband, and Takihyo she established and launched her very own label. And quite swiftly she earned acclamation for her “Seven Easy Pieces” collection. They were jersey separates with a mix-and-match appeal that were quite realistic, layerable and well, most importantly, had a feminine connection to it.
It did make a huge impact as at that time women started to get more influenced and recognized at corporate workforce. They, at that time, used boxy power suits that were quite masculine in approach and those that were blown up with padded shoulders were not much feminine in approach. You can take a look at Melanie Griffith in the movie, ‘Working Girl’.
During that phase, Karan was one atypical lady who was quite busy with her own label and running it quite well, however she did not have any deficiency of success and achievements. In 1988, she moved ahead with the new brand called DKNY and this collection was a bit cheaper priced and well for more than four decades this four letter logo conquered in every corner of Houston and Broadway.