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.