It is a sad day for the fashion world! Donna Karan has officially stepped down as head designer of Donna Karan International, to follow a different path. Are you guys sad to see the iconic designer leave?
Donna Karan, 66, created Donna Karan International with husband, Stephan Weiss, in 1984. Since then, the company has grown into a major American fashion house, and Donna has become an icon among the fashion world — and that’s why we were surprised to hear that after 31 years she has decided to step down. We are sad to see her go, are you?
Why did this legend step down from her highly coveted position? “I have arrived at a point in my life where I need to spend more time to pursue my Urban Zen commitment to its fullest potential and follow my vision of philanthropy and commerce with a focus on health care, education and preservation of cultures. After considering the right time to take this step for several years, I feel confident that DKI has a bright future and a strong team in place,” Donna said in a statement to WWD.
Caroline Brown, CEO of DKI, stated, “Donna Karan is a visionary designer, who changed the way women dress by redefining power and sensuality. Her influence has been extraordinary and will continue to inspire for years to come. As she steps into this new role, I speak for the many teams at DKI, in supporting her great legacy and reinforcing our commitment to it for our next chapter.”
Donna added: “Donna Karan is a part of me, past, present and future. It has been an honor to speak woman to woman about ‘Seven Easy Pieces’ that forever changed the way women dress. I want to express my gratitude and my deepest feelings to the dozens and dozens of colleagues over the years who have helped take Donna Karan New York far beyond my wildest dreams.”
DKI is not currently seeking a new chief designer. Instead, they will suspend the brand’s runway shows and collections for the time being.
— Olivia Elgart