Dkny Donna Karan - Award Winning Style For All Ages

Aug 22 06:47 2011 Gen Wright Print This Article

Fashion designer Donna Karan is the creator of two well-known American fashion lines, Donna Karan New York and DKNY.

Donna Karan New York is associated with an older,Guest Posting more mature style, while DKNY is the younger and more modern line, which Donna Karan has said was inspired by Gabby, her daughter.

Donna Karan attended the Parsons School of Design in the late 1960s and left school to work with famed designer Anne Klein. At Anne Klein, she worked her way up, eventually becoming head of the design team. In 1985, she left Anne Klein to launch her own label, Donna Karan. Her label was primarily composed of essential women's wardrobe pieces that could be mixed and matched to produce flawless professional attire. As part of her commitment to her style, she has said that pieces in her collection must be clothing that she herself would wear.

DKNY was launched in 1988, as a less-expensive alternative for younger, yet still style-conscious, women. The line DKNY jeans followed two years later.

During the 1990s, the Donna Karan brand was composed of a variety of lines, including:

-- DKNY, a high-end couture collection with limited distribution

-- Donna Karan Signature, made up primarily of sportswear, with a slightly wider distribution

-- DKNY lifestyle

-- DKNY jeans

-- DKNY active

The DKNY brand has a number of popular lines including DKNY underwear, DKNY Juniors, DKNY Kids, and DKNY Baby. DKNY Men was launched in 1992, with a collection of tailored suits, along with daily wear, active wear and shoes. During the same year the DKNY beauty collection, including cosmetics and fragrances was launched. In 2001, DKNY Home, a collection of stylish home products, including linens and accessories, was introduced, along with DKNY LIFE, with more contemporary and trendy styling.

Donna Karan stepped down as CEO in 1997, but remains at the label as chairwoman and designer in charge. During her career, Karan has received a number of prestigious awards and accolades, including:

-- Coty American Fashion Critics' Award in both 1977 and 1982

-- Induction in the Coty Hall of Fame in 1984

-- Named Menswear Designer of the Year in 1992 and Womenswear Designer of the Year in 1990 and 1996 by the Council of Fashion Designers of America

-- Received the Lifetime Achievement award in 2004, also from the Council of Fashion Designers of America

The DKNY fragrance collection includes such favorites as DKNY Women, pureDKNY and Be Delicious. DKNY Women is a bright, refreshing scent, with energetic citrus. The alluring fragrance of pureDKNY has a soothing vanilla base, with a calming and sophisticated underscore of florals, including jasmine, lotus flower and rose. Be Delicious is bright and exhilarating, filled with the crisp fragrance of apples, cucumber and grapefruit. Ripe, fresh and uniquely feminine, DKNY fragrances are a true sensual pleasure.

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