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Donna Karan grew up ‘eating, sleeping and dreaming fashion.’ Born in Long Island, her father was a tailor, her mother a showroom model and her stepfather Harold Flaxman also worked in fashion. At age 17 Donna joined Parson’s School of Design and after two years studying, was hired by Anne Klein for a summer job, going on to be made associate designer and then named as Klein’s successor after her death in 1974. After ten years designing for Klein, Donna created the first Donna Karan New York Collection, shown in Fall 1985 with critical acclaim from press and retailers. 1989 saw the launch of DKNY, the faster, younger sister brand to Donna Karan New York, with an urban mind-set and New York City street-smart look. It proved so popluar that other labels spun from it, including DKNY Jeans, DKNY Active and DKNY Kids. Inspired by the innate life and style of the artist, Donna continues to design clothes that show a balance between comfort and luxe, sport and feminity and see's the entire picture head-to-toe with attention paid to every detail from the right hosiery to the most flattering glasses.


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