For more than two decades Donna Karan has been closing the runway shows for both of her ready-to-wear lines: Donna Karan New York and DKNY. But soon there could be someone else taking the bow — new blood coming in?
The need for change
The label, launched in the late 80’s by designer Donna Karan, has been a New York Fashion Week staple ever since. But some major changes could soon be coming to DKNY. Donna Karan’s young DKNY line is apparently looking for a new leadership with a young designer to bring a fresh gust of air and a new perspective to the 26-year-old label.
DKNY is said to be scouting talents at some of most notable hip brands, including Public School, A.L.C.’s Andrea Lieberman and Prabal Gurung. Lieberman and Gurung did not comment on such an issue, and Public School’s Maxwell Osborne admitted that he already has a lot of plan on his side with the costruction of his own brand. Jane Chung, who currently leads the position of executive vice president of design for DKNY, has been working at the label since its establishment in 1989, therefore a new direction and new visions seem like a welcome change for the brand.
Time for Major Changes at DKNY?
The first rumours that Karan was stepping down surfaced after DKNY’s fall 2014 show: DK was clearly emotional when she took her bow, even though she later denied the rumors about her farewell, saying she was “too energized” to step down. “The thing that I love about having the two brands,” she said, “it really gives me an expression to be able to express so many different things that you want to say.”
Right now, only time will tell what will happen at DKNY, but the signs appear to be pointing to big changes happening within the label.