Donna Karan..the fashion designer that spoke the multi-cultural language of fashion
She was born into fashion on Lengthy Island. Not solely was her father Gabby Faske (who died when Karan was three) a tailor, her mom Helen was a showroom mannequin and style gross sales rep. Even Karan’s stepfather Harold Flaxman was within the vogue enterprise. So it was solely natural that Karan, whereas nonetheless in highschool, designed her first collection and staged her first show. Following her second year at Parson’s School of Design, Karan was employed by Anne Klein for a summer season job. After three years as an affiliate designer, Karan was named successor following Klein’s death in 1974.
Louis De ll’Olio, a Parson’s buddy, joined her a year later. Collectively, they designed the Anne Klein Collection. In a foreshadow of DKNY, Karan created Anne Klein II in 1982, originating the idea of bridge and way of life dressing in fashion. After ten years of designing Anne Klein, Karan was able to exit on her personal with the help of Weiss and associate Takiyho, Inc. the proprietor of Anne Klein & Co. Fall 1985 noticed the primary Donna Karan New York Assortment and the response from the press and retailers proved as soon as once more that Karan made style historical past. All through her lengthy profession, Karan’s friends have acknowledged her achievements with quite a few accolades.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America has saluted her six instances. In 2003, Karan was the primary American designer to obtain Fashion Group International’s “Superstar Award.” A yr later, Karan’s Alma Mater Parson’s gave her an honorary doctorate to commemorate her contribution to the varsity and fashion business, and in 2007, Glamour journal named Karan certainly one of their Ladies of the Year. Utilizing her firm’s visibility and sources for social causes is a heartfelt precedence. A member of CFDA’s board of administrators, Karan conceived and spearheaded its Seventh on Sale advantages to lift funds for AIDS consciousness and training. Karan co-chairs the annual New York “Kids for Kids” occasions for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Basis, as she has since its 1993 inception, in addition to underwrites “Super Saturday,” an annual designer flea market/barbeque based with the late Liz Tilberis in 1998 to profit the Ovarian Most cancers Analysis Fund.
To facilitate her many on-going philanthropic involvements, in 1999, Karan and Weiss established the Karan Weiss Foundation. Karan’s Urban Zen Initiative, based in 2007, is the end result of Karan’s philanthropic efforts, explains Karan, “I’ve based the City Zen Initiative to create a working construction for advancing wellness, preserving tradition and empowering kids. These are the causes that imply the world to me.”