Donna Karan founded DKNY in 1984, a New York based fashion company that features men and women’s fashion, leather goods, and watches. Donna Karan was employed at Anne Klein, and when Klein died in 1974, Donna Karan was named head designer.
In 1984, she left Anne Klein and formed her new company. Donna Karan became associated with the “Essentials” collection, which consisted of seven simple pieces that could be alternately matched to create a full wardrobe.
In 1988, she expanded her “Donna Karan New York” collection to include a more affordable line for younger women, named “DKNY”. In 1990, she launched DKNY Jeans, and two years after that launched DKNY for men.
In 2015, Donna Karan announced she would be leaving the company.
Donna Karan Quotes:
“Design and style should work toward making you look good and feel good without a lot of effort so you can get on with the things that matter.”
“I love building spaces: architecture, furniture, all of it, probably more than fashion. The development procedure is more tactile. It’s about space and form and it’s something you can share with other people.”
“Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.”
“I believe in comfort. If you don’t feel comfortable in your clothes, it’s hard to think of anything else.”
“I’ve always been about the power of a woman – accentuating the positive, deleting the negative, whether you’re talking her body, her voice or her leadership.”
“It’s really easy to get colors right. It’s really hard to get black – and neutrals – right. Black is certainly a color but it’s also an illusion.”
“Originally, back in 1992, DKNY started because I couldn’t find a pair of jeans. I also wanted to dress my teenage daughter Gabby. So it was the perfect street wardrobe: jeans, anoraks, jumpsuits, boyfriend jackets, sweaters, skirts and dresses. Then DKNY grew into an entire lifestyle concept, including tailored clothes you wear to work.”
Also published on Medium.