We owe him the uniform of the New York working girl and a certain image of chic to the US… Donna Karan is one of the few contemporary designers who created a true lifestyle around his claw, while the one thirty years, during which it has lost nothing of its modernity…
It is October 2, 1948 in New York was born that would become Donna Karan. Donna Ivy Faske was a model mother and a tailor father, who died when she was only three years. Like his mother, his stepfather (Harold Flaxman) works in the world of fashion, which is very likely the cause of the entrance of the girl at the Parsons School of Design in New York (in order to will learn the stylist profession).
During its second year, the girl did an internship at Anne Klein, and the company hired immediately as a stylist. Donna Faske succeed in 1969 to Anne Klein, Mark Karan before marrying a year later. In 1974, Donna Karan naturally takes the artistic direction of Anne Klein home after the death of the latter (that day is that of the birth of his first daughter Gabrielle).
Ten years later, Donna Karan wife Stephan Weiss then starts with his own label: “Donna Karan”. It quickly invented several innovative concepts, such as black bodysuit or the legendary “Seven easy pieces” seven basic pieces that achieve multiple combinations for day or evening. Since its first show in 1985, the utility aspect of his creations reflected obvious: she knows how to combine the comfortable with the luxurious, practical with the desirable. Donna Karan confesses wish to create modern clothes for modern people…
Quickly, the look is the look Karan New York (the word “New York” also appears on all labels). Its collections are often inspired by her travels in India: jodhpurs stretchs, ultra light caftans in silk georgette dresses blurred fell XXL (usually Jersey, one of his favorite subjects).
The company Donna Karan is not limited to ready-to-wear: it is a lifestyle (a lifestyle), which is conveyed through her collections for women, men, DKNY jeans, accessories, shoes, watches, sunglasses , costumes, swimwear, children, perfumes, lingerie and home.
The fashion industry has given top honors to Donna Karan, which was 4 times recognized as the best designer ready-to-wear by the CFDA. The Karan house – bought by the LVMH group in 2001 – more than 80 stores worldwide and is involved in civic and humanitarian actions. With her husband, Donna Karan created the foundation Karan Weiss, whose goal is to promote the welfare of mankind by helping the arts, education and medical research.
Since the death of Stephan Weiss in 2001, Donna Karan bravely moves on. For the twentieth anniversary of the brand, Donna Karan received the “super star award”, while the same year (2004), Assouline published a book in which Donna Karan tells his photo career: “The Journey of a woman: 20 years of Donna Karan. ” The designer confides that she created her business so that people like it (she and her friends). She also said that the style is an expression of what she is as a woman, with all the complications, feelings and emotions that entails.
Donna Karan and wife and mother first: when she is not traveling around the world, she divides her time between her New York apartment and his home in East Hampton, and is very close to his three children and six grandchildren children. She likes to say that his luxury is family…
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