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. In 1988 Karan launched the diffusion line DKNY (Donna Karan New York) to bring young women into her fold; over the next few years she expanded DKNY to include denim (DKNY Jeans) and menswear. Today the Donna Karan Collection and DKNY labels offer dresses, hosiery, handbags, shoes, Intimates (lingerie, natch), accessories, and fragrances for women; underwear, outerwear, and everything-in-betweenwear for men; and elegant bedding and décor for your home. (Almost everything, in other words.) Though Karan sold her original collection and DKNY to LVMH, Moët Hennessy in 1996, she’s remained active in both brands as a designer — winning the CFDA’s Lifetime Achievement Award and cementing her place in the pantheon of American fashion.
From party-ready frocks to winter-ready jackets, these must-have picks are sure to go fast.
Cozy up to fall with an exclusive capsule collection of jersey knits and wool layering pieces from the icon of New York chic, Donna Karan. Consider these the building blocks for your seasonal wardrobe, with countless ways to wear each one. Case in point? The infinity dress, which lives up to its name with an ability to transform to suit any occasion: Get inspired by three distinct approaches to styling it, then shop the sale to recreate the look for an impeccably-dressed fall.
Exceptionally graceful dresses and separates from the budding New York brand.
The ultra-femme label’s pristinely crafted dresses, silk tops, and suiting.