Donna Karan is the quintessential designer for American fashion and has completely changed the way women dress. After 31 years as Chief Designer of Donna Karan International, Donna Karan announced on June 30th, 2015 that she would be stepping down from the legendary role. She will now direct her focus on her Urban Zen Initiative, which she founded in 2001. She will still be an advisor to the DKI brand but the company will not be showing this September at New York Fashion Week.
Donna Karan has been transforming the fashion world since her earliest days in the business. Before she launched her own company in 1984, Karan was one of the first designers to release a lower-priced secondary line with Anne Klein - a move she repeated with DKNY in 1988. Besides creating her "seven easy pieces" wardrobe, which made going from work to a chic night club a piece of cake, she became the first designer to use stretch fabric. Her designs are practical, empowering, and womanly - a recipe for success.
In 1992 Donna Karan's fresh take on an Ad Campaign titled 'In Women We Trust,' followed a woman on the campaign trail. The model was shown being sworn into office, with bodyguards, giving a speech. Karan stated to New York Magazine, "It's simply a statement that when times are bad - and this country is in trouble - you turn to the motherer, the nurturer." Karan continues to break the mold and fight for issues she holds close to her heart. In 2001 her husband Stephan Weiss passed away from lung cancer and from this tragedy Karan started the Urban Zen initiative to raise awareness about heath care. Urban Zen creates, connects, and collaborates to inspire change around the world.
Carini Lang has been a part of the Urban Zen Holiday Marketplace for two years now and has had the chance to develop a relationship with Donna Karan. It has been a pleasure for us to discover what a wonderful person Donna Karan is - a rare, beautiful, thoughtful person that you don't think to encounter often in the fashion industry, or even in everyday life. She is a woman who has decided to leave her high fashion post for one that is empowering cultures, and encouraging artisanal work. Those around her can feel the positive energy she carries and there is a sensibility and invisible strength within her. Carini Lang wishes her great success on her next inspiring adventure!