Always having to be in the spotlight, being a star often means carrying a heavy burden of being at your absolute best no matter the circumstances. Such is intensified when you are not just a celebrity but an icon, such that represents a certain group of people, or an entire city even. And one can be assured that Donna Karan, a native who was born, raised, and trained in New York City, knows a thing or two about the “concrete jungle,” one that never sleeps so that your dreams may come true. But having been an icon of the twentieth century fashion for twenty years comes with an expectation and pressure that is hard to measure up to; and this is where her aptitude is tested, not only as a designer but as a leader and an entrepreneur.
Ever since launching her own label in 1984, Donna Karan established itself as a symbol of successful career woman who appreciates understated luxury while portraying an image that which consists of strength, confidence, and ambition. A Donna Karan woman leads a dynamic life wearing many hats while embracing urban sophistication that is succinct yet glamorous. Her femininity may seem disguised in her authoritative aura but really, as much as she enjoys being in control over everything she does, deep inside resides inevitable femininity that is both sensual and graceful. Karan’s expertise in creating long and lean silhouettes was rather pronounced in the current collection, taking us back to the days of her reign when “the bodysuit” was born. Her signature black was used in caution this time (though for the same functional purpose which is to flatter the figure), appearing as a graffiti form or as a base to set the mood. Inspired by street art, stylish office wear goes on a bold adventure this season, with added excitement provided by wide belts and huge hats in rather quirky shapes.