Donna Karan: Lucky Sevens

December 31, 2010 • Magazine

Donna Karan: Lucky Sevens

Donna Karan: Lucky Sevens

Sun, 2000-12-31 03:00

Bonnie J Brown

Happy New Year! As 2011 unfolds we are greeted with unlimited possibilities of achieving something grand and the chance of reaching new milestones. But before looking too far ahead, it’s good to remember the achievements that were met in 2010. Donna Karan celebrating 25 years of her fashion line is one such achievement worthy of remembering.

In 1985 Donna Karan, who had been designing for the Anne Klein brand since 1967, branched out on her own to create a line of clothing that contained seven essential (or easy) pieces. The seven pieces were inspired from her lack of being able to find clothing she felt comfortable in. She presumed that if she couldn’t find the perfect black skirt other women couldn’t either. The easy pieces, all black, were designed to be mixed and matched and be able take a woman from day to night. It was a clothing line made by an urban, modern, working woman for urban, modern, working women. Unlike many of the clothing women were wearing at this time, which was very similar to what men were wearing (think power suit) Karan’s collection was intended to be worn in layers, with the first and most important layers being that of the bodysuit and leggings. Having been a yogi at a very young age, long before it became popular, Karan’s use of jersey and draped silhouettes encourage ease of movement and often resemble something a dancer would wear.

To make her clothing more accessible to even more women she created the DKNY line in 1989. Karan describes her Donna Karen line as “luxe sophistication” compared to the DKNY line as “fast hip and spirited,” however, having lived in New York for most of her life, it is the city that inspires both collections. And while Karan has strayed and expanded from her essential seven over the years, she has returned and improved upon them as well. She has also expanded her collections to include a men’s line, children’s, denim, cosmetics, and home, among others.

Photos (top to bottom):
Donna Karan, Harpers Bazaar September 2010 photo by Douglas Friedman
Donna Karan Spring 2000 RTW photo
1985 Donna Karan Collection Instyle, Photo Courtesy of Donna Karan
1985: The bodysuit was the cornerstone of Donna Karan’s “easy pieces.” WWD photo

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