Goodbye Donna

Donna Karan by Inez and Vinoodh

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to one of the most prolific designers of our lifetime, Donna Karan, who announced yesterday that she was stepping down from her namesake line of over 30 years, with LVMH suspending the runway shows and collections “for a period of time.” The 66-year-old designer who set the standard for American fashion will stay on with the company in an advisory role and focus her attention to the Urban Zen Company and Foundation that she co-founded with Sonja Nuttall. Karan started the label in 1984 with her late husband, Stephan Weiss and Takiyho Inc., after her position as head of design at Anne Klein. Yet, with the end of one of Donna’s lines means another will live on with the continuation of the DKNY brand headed by newly named creative directors Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne.

Donna had many muses including some of the most recognizable women in the world like Iman, Kate Moss, Milla Jovovich and Amber Valetta. Here’s just a few of our favorite campaigns of the last decade including Karen Elson, Karlie Kloss, Andreea Diaconu, Erin Wasson and more. We’ll miss you Donna.

To see more of her iconic campaigns click here.

Karen Elson Resort F/W 08 by Michael Thompson

Karlie Kloss S/S 13 by Patrick Demarchelier.

Adriana Lima S/S 14 by Russell James

Andreea Diaconu S/S 15 by Peter Lindbergh

Erin Wasson S/S 05 by Peter Lindbergh

Bianca Balti F/W 05 by Peter Lindbergh

donna-karan-spring-summer-2001-ad-campaign-11 Kate Moss S/S 08 by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

  1. I’m glad she realized that her money and time is better to be used for her retirement as opposed to focusing on her irrelevant company.

  2. Her clothing and campaigns were always about the women first and foremost — she will be missed. Hope the boys at Public School will at least her DKNY label in a good name.

  3. I will always remember the day I first came across one of her signature skirts. I worked at Browns in South Molton Street at the time, amd peopel were going crazy for her first collection. She will be missed.

    I don’t quite understand one of the comments made by someone: how is her company irrelevant? What does that mean?

  4. @Camillo Camus – That means her clothes belong at Woodbury Commons instead of Bergdorf Goodman.

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