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