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New York, NY 10018
New York City fashion would simply not be the same without that classic black palette and trend for ladies’ separates to go from day to night in less than a New York minute. Add in the city’s love of an upscale bodysuit and you have the hallmarks of Donna Karan’s seminal fashion style that took New York City by storm in the late-1980’s. Instantly changing the fashion standards of millions of women, New York City fashion would simply not be the same without Donna Karan's 1985 launch.
With the straightforward notion that seven basic garments could build a multi-purpose, functional and beautiful fashion wardrobe, Karan launched an all-black ready-to-wear line that instantly set world-wide trends. The simple concept was to replace the stuffy power suit, with its over-padded shoulders and unforgiving lines, with wardrobe separates that would flatter the female figure and easily move from day to evening with minimal accessories. With a few essential pieces such as leggings, a blazer or a wrap skirt, every woman could create an entire wardrobe’s worth of looks and always be chic in her elegant simplicity. Well-made, detailed pieces without stuffiness are one of the many famous traits of Donna Karan's house.
Since its beginnings, the company has expanded to include handbags, shoes, accessories, perfume, menswear, children’s apparel and home goods. Although quite a departure from the original “Seven Easy Pieces” conceived by Karan, the company remains true to its vision: well-made pieces in solid, basic colors and variations on classic designs provide timeless style and beauty.
Donna Karan continues to challenge us to view the endless possibility and elegance in basics. Continually evolving, Karan now offers items at all price ranges through DKNY, consistently appealing to women of all backgrounds.