Donna Karan is an American fashion designer and the creator
of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels.
In 1985 Donna Karan went solo, and started her own label,
the Donna Karan Collection. In 1988 she started a second
line which she called DKNY (Donna Karan New York)
In 1997, Donna Karan quit as CEO of the company, but
continues to act as chairwoman and designer in charge of
the Donna Karan line. From 2002 on, most of the
collection was designed by Peter Speliopoulos, a former
Cerruti designer, with Karan contributing little
subtleties or even entire new creations. The DKNY line
is entirely designed by Jane Chung, who has been with
Donna Karan since Karan's days with Anne Klein.
In November 2000, the LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton)
fashion giant completed the acquisition of both
Gabrielle Studio, a company that owned the Donna Karan
brand and was named after Karan's daughter, and Donna
Karan International Inc. for about $400 million and $240
million, respectively. LVMH subsequently re-arranged the
Donna Karan portfolio: 'Donna Karan New York' for men
was discontinued, as well as the 'Signature' lines for
men and women.
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