Donna Karan steps down from her own label

It may have been a long time coming, but we're still sad to hear it

By Liz Bautista | Published: 1 Jul 2015

Donna Karan leaves
Photo: dkny/Instagram

Donna Karan is stepping down from her role as chief designer at Donna Karan International (DKI) effective immediately. Donna founded DKI in 1984, then sold to French luxury conglomerate LVMH in 2001.

Rumours of Donna's possible departure from her namesake label have been swirling since last year, along with word of disagreements between the designer and LVMH. "Vuitton runs their businesses separately. I would love to work more with them, but Vuitton has given me the cold shoulder," she said in an interview with The New York Times last year.

Donna today said that she and LVMH have made the decision to part ways "after much soul-searching." She plans to spend more time working on her Urban Zen company, but will remain a close advisor to the brand. DKI has no plans to replace Donna, and will suspend production of the Donna Karan Collection's collections and runway shows for the time being, while Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne took over DKNY as creative directors a few months ago.
But despite her departure, the designer is hopeful for the company's future. "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."

Related: Donna Karan opens up about rumours on her leaving DKNY


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