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Unformatted text preview: T he Queen Of Seventh Avenue By: Nataliya Shef • She was born on 1949, in Queens, New York. • She grew up in Long Island. • Her mother was a model. • Her step-father was a tailor. • Trained at Parson's School of Design, she entered the business herself. • At first she designed for Anne Klein. • Then she became head of the Anne Klein design-team and remained in this position until 1984. • In 1985, she left Anne Klein and founded her own company. • Donna Karan started a new company with her husband Stephan Weiss • Takihyo Corporation helped her start the company too. • She wanted “to design modern clothes for modern people". • She showed her first Donna Karan women’s collection in 1985. • What made her initially famous in the industry was her line of elastic bodysuits. • She also became known for her very successful Essentials line. • Her Essentials Line today had extended to about 200 pieces. • She combined elements of tailoring with sportswear to ensure clothes were "user-friendly and luxurious," as well as flattering. • Her business had begun to flourish even more when more women in America were entering the business world. • The women began looking for more refined and elegant clothing preferably in black, white or grey. • The statistics of women’s preferable tastes in Donna Karan’s “power dressing” outfits had shown her company tremendous success. • All that Donna Karan wanted was to design for women who “have more important things to do than just worry about their wardrobes. • Donna Karan had introduced her new Collection, DKNY, in 1988 and was later known as one of the innovators of the "bridge" line. • DKNY was a collection for younger women • Donna Karan was the kind of women that wanted to support the needs of modern women with her clothing. When she was designing her clothes, Donna Karan “claims not have the top model in mind, but women life herself. The saying goes, that before the production of a piece of clothes is approved by Karan, it has to look good on her.” • Donna Karan’s clothing had shown that function came before styling. • A few years later Donna Karan created DKNY jeans and DKNY was launched in 1992 for men. • It was one of the years most Signature collection line for men presented during that year. • Her line grew even more with a kid’s collection, beauty products, accessories and even furniture. • Karan had won the Coty American Fashion Critics’ Award in 1977 and 1982. • Donna Karan was inducted into the Coty Hall Of Fame in 1984 for her fashion designs. • The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) made her “Menswear Designer of the Year 1992” and “Womenswear Designer of the Year 1996”. • She was a nominee for the latter in 2003 and was presented with the “Lifetime Achievement Award ‘by the CFDA in 2004. • She was also awarded by Fashion Group International at its Night of Stars gala. • In the past the DKNY line was only created for the younger generation, but in the 1990’s it will be segmented into three different parts. • Donna Karan had created a new line called the "D by DKNY" line that will be offering more expensive and more fashionable products. • "DKNY Jeanswear" which will be subdivided into three collections, and will be aiming at different life-styles. • Donna Karan today produces menswear, jeans, accessories, hosiery, fragrances and cosmetics. • Even though Donna Karan had a successful business she decided to sell her company in April 2001 to French luxury conglomerate LVMH for almost $250 million in cash. • Investigators and other reporters do not know why she sold her company, but it is believable that she wanted to expand her company and go national. • Donna Karan (women, 1992; in limited distribution) • Cashmere Mist (women, 1994) • DK Men Fuel (men, 1994; discontinued) • DK Men Unleaded (men, 1995; discontinued) • Chaos (women, 1996; discontinued) • DKNY Women (women, 1999; no longer sold in North America, but still sold in Europe and Asia) • DKNY Energy Women (women, 2002; sold outside North America only) • DKNY Energy Men (men, (2002; sold outside North America only) • Pure Cashmere (women, 2004; limited edition) • DKNY Be Delicious Women (women, 2004) • DKNY Be Delicious Men (men, 2004) • DKNY Red Delicious Women (women, 2006; limited edition) • Donna Karan's signature color is black, but look for pure whites and flashes of rich color. • Aim for tailored, but sleek designs; the look is polished, but feminine, as in A-line dresses and belted sweaters. • Designs that included plunging necklines, oneshoulder gowns, strapless shifts, sheer layered pieces and more. • Add color and texture -- leathers, velvets, pleats -- rather than decoration. • Choose styles that are classics in updated fabrics. • Karan's styles are never trendy, but always manage to look modern. http://www.donnakaran.com/control/main • http:// www.style.com/fashionshows/powersearch/results?&designer =design_house1 • Nellis, Cynthia. "Women's Fashion." Donna karan. 2006. The New Yorks Time Company. 22 Sep 2006 <http:// fashion.about.com/cs/designerprofiles/a/donnakaran.htm>. • "Donna Karan." Wikipedia. September 5, 2006. 22 Sep 2006 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Karan>. • History and background of Donna Karan. FragranceX. 2002 - 2004 <http://www.fragrancex.com/arandonn.html>. • " Infomat: Fashion Industry Engine." Biography of Donna Karen. May 12 2006. 22 Sep 2006 <http:// www.infomat.com/whoswho/donnakaran.html>. ...
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course BIOL 2401 taught by Professor Rameriz during the Spring '11 term at University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson.

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