Goodbye, Donna Karan: a look at the designer's legacy

Goodbye, Donna Karan: a look at the designer's legacy

End of an era

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Bringing wearable luxury to women since the mid ’80s, Donna Karan’s departure from her label signifies yet another shift in the fashion landscape

By now you've probably heard the news that American designer Donna Karan is leaving the helm of her eponymous label, a brand she forged in 1985, after first making her way up the ranks at Anne Klein. While no replacement for Karan has been announced, it is understood that the lower-priced DKNY line will remain, but the Donna Karan line will cease. The Donna Karan brand has been LVMH owned since 2001 and reports have suggested that Karan will continue to advising her namesake brand, but spend her time focusing on her lifestyle and wellness project, Urban Zen

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While many US designers' brands enjoy an association with New York, there are few whose identity is as intricately entwined with the city than Karan. Born and raised in New York, it was Karan's brand of uptown working woman attire that cemented her status as one of America's most influential female designers in the '80s and '90s. Her affinity with the Big Apple was so strong, when creating a more affordable line in 1988, the name DKNY (Donna Karan New York) was a no-brainer.

Certainly her love for the city and the label's identity have never been more present than in her advertising campaigns. Many of them were shot by legendary photographer Peter Lindbergh with the city playing a co-starring role, we've selected our favourite-ever Donna Karan campaigns. Bolstered by famous faces like Cate Blanchett, married-era Demi Moore and Bruce Willis and model-turned-actresses Amber Valetta and Milla Jovovich - it's a true testament to the lasting legacy of Karan's design career.

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