In this Oct. 5, 2015 photo, fashion designer Donna Karan poses during an interview in New York. Karan has a memoir coming out next week
Viewing Photo 1 / 4

Bebeto Matthews

In this Oct. 5, 2015 photo, fashion designer Donna Karan poses during an interview in New York. Karan has a memoir coming out next week "My Journey," a volume chock full of very personal, entertaining anecdotes. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Donna Karan’s fashion wisdom – in seven easy pieces

By Jocelyn Noveck

AP National Writer

3 Comments | Leave a Comment

NEW YORK – Donna Karan introduced her famous Seven Easy Pieces in 1985, as she was introducing the world to her namesake label. Based on a black bodysuit with simple added pieces like a wrap skirt, classic trousers, or a suede jacket, it was a lot more than a convenient wardrobe: It was a conceptual shift in fashion. Karan was trying to tell women working women that clothes could work for them, and not the other way around. And that they didn’t need to wear buttoned-up suits to look professional.

It’s a time of great transition for Karan, 67. In the summer, she announced she was stepping down from her signature Donna Karan collection to focus fully on her Urban Zen company and foundation, which along with designing clothes promotes health care, education and preservation of local culture in countries like Haiti.

What’s more, she has a memoir coming out next week – “My Journey,” a volume chock full of very personal, entertaining anecdotes (like that time Barbra Streisand came in and insisted on taking a sweater that had been determined to be too flammable. They became great friends.) Karan didn’t know, when writing, that she’d have to add a new final chapter about her farewell to her famous label. But, she says “that’s how my life happens” – beginnings and endings, always at the same time.

Karan sat down to chat with The Associated Press this week in her sweeping, tranquil Urban Zen space in Greenwich Village. Here are Seven Pieces of Wisdom from a pillar of American fashion.

FASHION IS ABOUT DRESSING – AND ADDRESSING

“When Donna Karan started, I felt there was a really enormous need for women to be addressed as women. Because they were either wearing men’s clothes – suits and ties and shirts, kind of buttoned up – or they were the ladies who lunched, and kind of wearing cocktail dresses. So who was really expressing the working woman? She was just not being addressed.”

CLOTHES NEED TO WORK ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT – AND BLACK IS BEST

“I wanted clothes that could go from the minute I got up in the morning to the minute I went to bed at night. I wanted clothes to go through that whole cycle, because I found that I didn’t have time to go home and change. It was like, if I put them all in a suitcase and went off to Europe, what would I pack? So jewelry was an important aspect. And I love black. I never get out of it. Black took me from day into night.”

SHOULDERS NEVER GAIN WEIGHT – SO SHOW THEM!

“I remember Women’s Wear Daily REALLY did not like my cold shoulder look (exposed shoulders, covered arms.) Just not at all. And then Liza Minnelli decided to come into my closet one day and pick up this discarded dress. Everybody loved the way she looked in it. Next thing, I see Hillary (Rodham Clinton, then first lady) wearing it at the White House. For me, the cold shoulder was so obvious. It is the only place where women never gain weight. You gain weight EVERY OTHER place on your body except on your shoulders.”

IT’S GREAT TO HAVE FANS IN HIGH PLACES

“One of my dearest friends, Barbra Streisand, wears the clothes magnificently. I’ve dressed her for practically every concert she’s ever done. And I’ve always said that we worked together on it. It was a ‘We,’ not a ‘Me.’ We designed it together. And certainly when I designed her wedding dress, that was the ultimate for me. Her style is fluidity, simplicity, elegance. It was never too much. It was so that she – the woman, the voice – came through. And that’s how I feel about clothing. I always want the person to come through, not the clothes.”

DON’T HIDE YOURSELF

“You know, a woman has a certain point of view about the way she can dress. And what I did was, I threw that a little bit to the side. Like pencil skirts. I love women in pencil skirts. No matter if they’re a little bigger on the bottom, they’re better in a pencil skirt because it narrows them out. Women don’t really understand that: They think the bigger the clothes the more they hide. Well sometimes, the narrower the clothes, the leaner they look.”

WE ALL NEED A DEADLINE

“Putting on four (Fashion Week) shows a year? It is a LOT of work. It’s exhausting. But at the same time, it’s a high. So when you’re in the zone, it’s an adrenaline rush. And then you crash. That’s a guarantee. But I always felt, Oh my gosh, if just had one more week, two more weeks, three more weeks. But a deadline is a deadline. And that’s what brought me into the next season. I was always late for the next collection. Most designers need deadlines. You’re still designing as those clothes go onto the runway.

CREATIVITY IS GREAT, BUT FASHION NEEDS TO PRODUCE CLOTHES YOU CAN ACTUALLY WEAR

“I think it’s much more difficult to work in fashion today than when I started. Fashion is going at warp speed – What’s new? What’s new? –and with the red carpet, and with the communications, everybody sees it so quickly, so fast. There’s so much to handle, and (the clothes) really do take on each person’s individuality, which is the good news of it. But I think we’re also pushing the limit of what a woman can actually wear.”

Comments

yeezy adidas moncler

yeezy adidas moncler outlet oakley sunglasses christian louboutin outlet ugg uk nike trainers adidas jeremy scott uggs outlet rolex submariner cheap jordans polo ralph lauren outlet burberry outlet online ugg sale north face jackets michael kors outlet ralph lauren sale adidas yeezy boost ray ban sunglasses michael kors outlet 70% off cheap nfl jerseys canada goose canada air jordan 14 salvatore ferragamo adidas nmd birkenstock sandals mcm outlet jordan shoes birkenstock sandals polo ralph lauren adidas stan smith true religion michael kors uk cheap jordans michael kors outlet hermes bags moncler jackets mlb jerseys cheap the north face superdry uk adidas outlet burberry outlet canada goose outlet ugg outlet wholesale ray ban sunglasses michael kors canada mont blanc pens canada goose canada louis vuitton cheap mlb jerseys fitflops outlet ugg boots kate spade outlet michael jordan shoes coach factory outlet true religion burberry outlet ugg clearance ugg boots adidas trainers uk true religion outlet coach factory outlet coach factory outlet cheap nfl jerseys michael kors outlet clearance fitflops oakley sunglasses pandora charms cheap ugg boots ralph lauren uk kate spade outlet michael kors outlet ugg outlet cartier glasses the north face jackets burberry outlet true religion uk ralph lauren outlet ugg boots polo ralph lauren outlet louboutin shoes ralph lauren polo prada shoes nike air max uk michael kors tote handbags pandora jewelry north face outlet oakley sunglasses nike outlet mont blanc pens cheap nfl jerseys coach outlet michael kors handbags the north face louis vuitton outlet coach outlet christian louboutin ugg boots polo ralph lauren michael kors outlet giuseppe zanotti burberry outlet tory burch outlet ray ban sunglasses uk ralph lauren polo mulberry uk oakley sunglasses kate spade outlet coach outlet ray ban wayfarer coach outlet canada goose clearance fitflops uk kate spade outlet ugg australia cheap uggs oakley sunglasses uggs australia michael kors outlet michael kors handbags manchester united jersey carrera sunglasses discount nike coach outlet michael kors canada hermes belt outlet tory burch outlet ugg australia burberry uk ray bans fitflop sale dolce and gabbana sunglasses michael kors outlet clearance michael kors taschen coach outlet ray ban sunglasses christian louboutin uk polo ralph lauren michael kors taschen ralph lauren outlet mlb jerseys moncler jacket columbia outlet red bottom shoes kate spade handbags ugg boots clearance mont blanc pens adidas stan smith true religion jeans coach factory outlet dior sunglasses tommy hilfiger canada nike roshe supreme new york coach outlet supreme clothing uggs outlet adidas yeezy hermes handbags ugg sale coach outlet nfl jerseys oakley sunglasses new balance outlet michael kors outlet clearance coach outlet prada sunglasses michael kors outlet online coach purses adidas yeezy polo ralph lauren ugg australia coach outlet canada goose canada jordan shoes uggs outlet michael kors väska gafas ray ban adidas originals coach outlet mac cosmetics tory burch outlet nike factory outlet yeezy boost 350 kaufen canada goose sale louis vuitton outlet adidas yeezy boost 350 ugg boots on sale 70% off coach factory outlet fitflops ugg outlet pandora uk louis vuitton outlet coach factory outlet nike factory outlet ugg boots louis vuitton outlet coach outlet nba jerseys cheap oakley sunglasses coach canada ugg outlet true religion jeans north face outlet ralph lauren outlet longchamp outlet ralph lauren polo uggs outlet pandora jewelry ralph lauren canada goose coach bags ralph lauren outlet nhl jerseys uggs outlet mbt shoes michael kors bags oakley sunglasses true religion uggs clearance nike outlet tory burch uk michael kors handbags montre rolex pas cher rolex datejust vans shoes cheap jordans burberry outlet michael kors plånbok uggs outlet manolo blahnik shoes christian louboutin hermes birkin bag oakley vault nike huarache nike running shoes pandora charms polo ralph lauren armani sunglasses nfl jerseys wholesale salvatore ferragamo shoes uggs outlet north face clearance ugg slippers michael kors handbags adidas shoes michael kors outlet cheap jordan shoes michael kors uk coach outlet store online clearances uggs uk ugg australia ugg boots chaussures christian louboutin ray ban sunglasses ray ban canada ralph lauren uk cheap jordan shoes ugg boots ugg outlet occhiali ray ban rolex datejust ray ban sunglasses uggs canada ralph lauren pas cher moncler jacket christian louboutin outlet coach factory outlet ugg sale cheap ugg boots oakley sunglasses ralph lauren polo hermes outlet ugg boots coach outlet coach factory outlet cheap oakley sunglasses polo ralph lauren uk cheap nhl jerseys michael kors outlet air jordans ugg boots adidas outlet ugg outlet uggs classic boots polo ralph lauren outlet ugg australia ugg outlet online michael kors outlet michael kors handbags louis vuitton handbags louboutin shoes ugg on sale burberry outlet coach factory outlet polo shirts nfl jerseys oakley sunglasses adidas shoes ugg boots uggs outlet ugg outlet coach canada adidas trainers birkenstock outlet yeezy boost 350 ugg outlet michael kors outlet michael kors taschen fitflop sandals nfl jerseys michael kors outlet coach wallets michael kors taschen sale christian louboutin outlet true religion jeans ugg outlet ray ban sunglasses coach outlet ugg boots pandora rings fitflops sale clearance chelsea jersey air max nike outlet christian louboutin north face outlet coach outlet prada bags ray ban solglasögon nike air max uk ugg boots ugg boots ferragamo belt michael kors handbags tory burch outlet moncler uk polo ralph lauren polo ralph lauren ugg outlet store ray ban zonnebril ugg slippers air jordans moncler jacket kate spade outlet canada goose sale oakley vault uggs slippers snapbacks hats wholesale polo shirts coach outlet christian louboutin uk longchamp handbags ugg outlet prada handbags coach factory outlet nike blazer shoes cheap jordans fitflop shoes ray ban sunglasses converse outlet yeezy boost 350 uggs boots michael kors taschen ugg boots louis vuitton outlet ugg boots uggs on sale prada outlet uggs red bottom shoes ray ban sunglasses ray ban sunglasses uggs clearance ugg boots north face outlet 70% off north face jackets pandora jewelry 70% off ray ban sunglasses louis vuitton outlet michael kors outlet ugg boots clearance oakley sunglasses coach outlet fitflops sale clearance louis vuitton jordan retro nike huarache ray ban sunglasses louis vuitton ugg boots louis vuitton versace sunglasses pandora jewelry polo ralph lauren superdry uk true religion sale nike air max rolex watch cheap nfl jerseys oakley sunglasses nike outlet ugg boots ugg boots mulberry uk nike outlet store coach outlet adidas soccer cleats the north face coach outlet under armour outlet ugg boots longchamp outlet store swarovski jewelry canada goose canada ugg boots salvatore ferragamo outlet ray ban uk nfl jerseys north face jackets the north face outlet ugg outlet michael kors handbags ugg boots oakley canada coach outlet online ugg boots prada outlet mulberry uk michael kors outlet supreme uk adidas wings ugg boots ralph lauren outlet coach outlet cheap nfl jerseys longchamp outlet 20179.1wengdongdong

Hugo Boss Sale pandora

Hugo Boss Sale pandora beads Air max levně Canada Goose Outlet Air Max 90 zapatillas nike baratas pandora jewelry store Air Max Kopen louboutin heels UGG BOOTS FOR WOMEN Boutique Ugg Descuentos Nike Air max dam Air Max Pas Cher Nike Air Sneakers Hogan Outlet toms sale Vans Black Sneakers Doudoune Moncler Pas Cher air force one pas cher Nike Online Store adidas outlet Stone Island Outlet ADIDAS NMD SALE ON LINE nike jordan shoes nike air jordan pas cher Nike Air Women Air Max Sneakers Discount Air Max nike sneakers Adidas Superstar Sale Online Boost Yeezy Sale On Line Michael Kors nike joggesko Pandora Store Scarpe Air Max adidas store canada goose jacket outlet Nike Shox Cheap Pandora Store nike tn pas cher Michael Kors Handbags Discount Nike Store pandora outlet store new pandora charms Air Nike Yeezy Black scarpe nike cheap uggs nike sb stefan janoski Air Jordan Retro Sale reebok running shoes cheap uggs for women Chaussure Nike Air Max Pas Cher chaussure basket homme Canada goose dam official NHL jerseys The official UGG Canada Goose Womens Coats Pandora Store Sale Jordan Schoenen ugg factory outlet religion store Nike Air Max Goedkoop Nike Pas Cher Femme zapatos de futbol nike Adidas Shoes Discount Marketplace new yeezy shoes Yeezy Men billige nike sko Jordan Shoes Air Nike Shoes Discount Marketplace Nike Shox discount Sale Nike Roshe Run Sale nike mercurial soccer cleats Nike Shoes Sale Store Nike Air Damen Cheap Michael Kors fitflops sale uk coach factory outlet online zapatillas running Uggs Pas Cher Soldes Soccer Boots Outlet nike Adidas Originals Stan Smith Ugg Outlet Online Store chaussures nike pas cher Moncler Jackets Discount Marketplace uggs outlet Moncler Outlet Online Ugg Pas Cher Femme Adidas Originals Superstar Doudoune Moncler Site Officiel Negozi Pandora new jordan releases nike sportschuhe uggs for women Adidas Neo Discount Sale prada outlet ugg clearance TOMS SHOES OUTLET retro jordans for cheap nike air max running shoes Jordan Store womens nike air max Nike Air Max Cheap Oakley Sunglasses Cheap vans shoe store Ray ban sale online Original Ugg Boots zapatilla adidas Nike Air 90 canada goose jackets on sale Timberland Outlet Canada Goose Outlet christian louboutin outlet Nike Air Jordan 11 toms shoes outlet Yeezy Shoes Discount Marketplace Nike Air Pas Cher scarpe hogan outlet Ugg boots Sale nike shoes nike air huarache sneakers longchamp bags on sale abercrombie and fitch store Ray-Ban Official Discounted Site Doudoune Moncler Femme Pas Cher Yeezy Boost Sale Online Michael Kors Outlet Coach Bags On Sale nfl store günstige nike schuhe Air Max Femme Ugg Pas Cher En France moncler outlet ugg store Nike Zapatos Uggs For Cheap Adidas Superstar Bottes Ugg Femme Pas Cher Ray Ban Sunglasses Online cheap nike air max Jordan Sneakers For Sale Moncler Outlet Store Boty Nike Air botas de futbol Toms Outlet Online Nike Factory Store Nike Air Huarache For Sale hogan scontate converse store chaussure Nike homme Nike Soccer Cleats Boots moncler jacket sale Kobe Shoes Nike Pandora Official Website newest lebron shoes Moncler Sale nike schuhe günstig goedkope nike air max CCMrs 2017.3.21

I believe in the correct

I believe in the correct motivation which leads you to the great fashion sense. I am a model and know how to carry my self along with perfect positive attitude and balancing my strengths. This post is just so inspiring for models to establish their perfect fashion sense. CREATIVITY IS GREAT, BUT FASHION NEEDS TO PRODUCE CLOTHES YOU CAN ACTUALLY WEAR, I agree with it but along with this, I like grooming my beard and its the most suitable way to ensure my physic along with everything I wear. Beards are now being the style statement for men and I genuinely consider to grow beards and it also gives a trendy look. Grooming them with beard oils and creams enhance my confidence on the ramp even more, I am looking forward to more such activities.

Add comment

Login or register to post comments