Today’s Fashion Headlines: Donna Karen Steps Down, Mario Testino to Photograph Royal Christening, Macy’s Decision To Drop Trump

July 1, 2015 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

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Donna Karan Steps Down

The namesake designer for Donna Karan International has officially stepped down as chief designer. She will remain a “close-advisor” as she moves forward to focus more on her Urban Zen brand. This was no surprise to everyone, though, since Karan named Caroline Brown chief executive officer at DKI last fall and Public School Designers Maxwell Osbourne and Dao-Yi Chow EVPs of design. “I have arrived at a point in my life where I need to spend more time to pursue my Urban Zen commitment to its fullest potential and follow my vision of philanthropy and commerce with a focus on health care, education and preservation of cultures,” Karan said to WWD. “After considering the right time to take this step for several years, I feel confident that DKI has a bright future and a strong team in place.”

Mario Testino to Photograph Royal Christening

Mario Testino is preparing for a day of royalty as the official photographer of Princess Charlotte’s christening party. “The Duke and Duchess are delighted that Mario Testino will help capture this important moment for their family, and look forward to sharing the photographs with the public,” said a Kensington Palace spokesman. This is not Testino’s first time in the royal fold, as he has photographed Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall. He has also photographed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after their engagement. Princess Charlotte, who was born in May, will be baptized on Sunday. 

Difficult Decision For Macy’s To Drop Trump

It was not an easy decision for Macy’s and its CEO Terry Lundgren to drop Donald Trump merchandise. The decision was disclosed Wednesday, several days after Trump made disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants, sparking a storm of protest. During his presidential kickoff speech on June 16, said Mexican immigrants are bringing drugs and crime to the U.S. and advocated creating a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Macy’s has exclusively sold Trump-labeled merchandise for about a decade, including men’s suits, shirts and accessories as well as the Trump fragrance “Success.” Lundgren and Trump, two of New York’s highest profile businessmen have been golf buddies, and Trump has appeared in Macy’s ads. Macy’s is also a strong supporter of the Ice Skating in Harlem program for young girls, which annually holds a benefit at Trump Rink in Central Park.

– Amy Donkel

Sources: WWD, Fashion Week Daily

Photo: WWD

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