Nicknamed “the Queen of Seventh Avenue,” New York City-based fashion designer Donna Karan launched her label in 1985 with Essentials — an accurately titled collection of monochromatic, cashmere and jersey women’s separates designed for sophisticated working women. Karan’s creations achieved instant success, and her signature style moves — all-black ensembles, curve-hugging bodysuits, straightforward shapes — have been inspiring designers and chic city ladies ever since. These days the name Essentials refers to Karan’s designer bath and bedding collection — part of the Donna Karan Home label, launched in 2001. Cashmere, silk charmeuse, and high thread-count Egyptian cotton transform ordinary pillow shams and decorative pillows, throw blankets, sheets, and duvet covers into luxurious affairs, while distinctive graphics add extra panache to soap dispensers and wastebaskets. From the classic City Stripe bedding set to the calming simplicity of the delicately ruffled, all-white Pure Romance Collection, these Essentials will turn your bed and bath into relaxing oases.
There’s no better time than summer to refresh your bedroom: Here’s everything you need to transform your sleeping chamber into an oasis, at deeper discounts than ever. Find sheets, duvets, throws, and accent pillows—boasting luxuries from high-thread-count cotton to intricate embroidery details—from brands including Area Bedding, Somma, Molteni Home, and Couleur Nature. And don't leave out your powder room: Update it with everything from Donna Karan's plush towels to Gail DeLoach's leather- and snakeskin-covered accessories.
With their sophisticated colors and luxurious details, these essentials are as thoughtfully designed—and eye-catching—as this iconic American designer’s clothes. Case in point: the Rose Gold collection of sheets, shams, and decorative pillows, whose subtle sheen will glam up any bedroom. Take a gander at the nature-inspired pureDKNY lines, too. Their laid-back aesthetic and subtle textures are rendered in soft, organic cotton.
Couture trends aren’t just for your closet—they’re a perfect way to freshen up your decor, too. So take a cue from the runway and invest in sheets, duvets, and shams in bright hues. Add a single piece for a pop of energy, or make a statement with a mixed’n’matched ensemble. Either way, with brands like Donna Karan and Frette, you can’t go wrong.
Decorating is a lot like creating the perfect wardrobe: You have to start with a luxe foundation before you can move onto the one-of-a-kind accents. This bedding, from Karan’s Home Essentials collection, fits the bill. Made of Egyptian cotton and silk habotai, the pieces are tactile and serene in color, making them the perfect building blocks for years to come.