Donna Karan was bornon 2 October 1948 in New York, New York, United States. Donna Karan built her fortune from trademark deals and selling her namesake brand to LVMH in 2000. Karan started her original fashion house in 1985, after working for pioneering designer Anne Klein. She stepped down as chief designer of the company in 2015. Her main focus now is on her luxury lifestyle brand, Urban Zen, which combines fashion and philanthropy. An avid philanthropist, she's given to a variety of causes, including the earthquake recovery in Haiti.
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In 2015, Donna Karan announced that she would be stepping down as head of her eponymous company to focus on her lifestyle brand, Urban Zen, established by Karan in 2007
In August 2008, Karan relaunched her discontinued fragrance lines from the 1990s
After 2002, Karan's designer contributions became less and less
Karan left her CEO position in 1997, but continued as chairwoman and designer for the Donna Karan line
DKNY for men was launched in 1992, one year after the 'Signature' line for men had been presented
In 1988, Karan, nicknamed The Queen Of Seventh Avenue, extended her women's 'Donna Karan New York' line by creating a less expensive clothing line for younger women, called DKNY
Karan became well known for her 'Essentials' line, initially offering seven easy pieces centered around the bodysuit which could all be mixed and matched, and created a fully integrated wardrobe with her First Collection in 1985
In 1984, Karan left Anne Klein and, together with her then husband Stephan Weiss and Takihyo Corporation, started her own business "to design modern clothes for modern people"
In 1983, she married artist Stephan Weiss, who would later become co-CEO of the Donna Karan company
When Klein herself died in 1974, Takihyo Corporation of Japan became the new owner and Karan, together with her former classmate and friend Louis Dell'Ollio, became head designer of the house
As Klein's assistant, Karan was a participant in The Battle of Versailles Fashion Show on November 28, 1973
In the early 1970s Donna Faske married Mark Karan, with whom she had a daughter
She graduated from Hewlett High School in 1966, and then went to the Parsons School of Design
Karan began her career as an assistant designer with Anne Klein in the late 1960s, where she was promoted to associate designer in 1971