Donna Karan has made the announcement that many fashion fans have been dreading for months. The designer will be leaving her namesake label, DKNY, of which she has been at the helm of for over 31 years.
It truly is the end of an era for American fashion with one of the country’s most iconic brands going under such a major change. Although Donna will continue to advise DKNY International, she is leaving the brand as head designer to focus on her Urban Zen company and foundation, which she founded in 2007.
Making the sad announcement via Instagram with a post entitled ‘Donna Karan’s Next Journey’, the brand said:
“After much thoughtful discussion and in partnership with Donna Karan International and LVMH, our visionary founder, Donna Karan, has made a personal decision to step down from her day-to-day responsibilites as Chief Designer for Donna Karen International.”
Adding, “Donna Karan is an icon, visionary designer and a passionate philanthropist. She belives in dressing and addressing women. Her impact on American Fashion has been extraordinary and will continue to influence and inspire for years to come.”
The news had been rumoured for months ever since Ms Karan’s tearful final catwalk bow which she took during last Fashion Week.
The incredible designer is due to release a memoir in October 2015, where she will tell the story – amongst other things – of her incredibly succesful time at Donna Karan New York. We, for one, cannot wait!
Who will take her place as head designer is yet to be announced, but we’re pretty sure the rumour will be in overdrive by the end of today. The future of DKNY will look different, but no doubt just as amazing!
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By Amy de Klerk