Donna Karan New York: the shows


Donna Karan Fall/Winter 2001
I wanted to share a few deeply treasured videos I came across a while ago. I admit, when I first watched some of them I simply admired the clothes and listened to the music. As I learned more about the woman behind those designs the switch inside me went off – it was no longer just about the clothes that resonated and spoke to me, but also the feelings that went into each collection and, of course, the signs. Perhaps, it’s only my imagination… But it felt as if every show was an insight into Karan’s personal life, her emotions, but only if the viewer knew what to look out for…

The Spring 2001 show made me cry. I was watching the models walk down the runway, when my attention suddenly focused on the lyrics. The choice of songs was like a conversation between Donna Karan and her husband Stephan Weiss who passed away from lung cancer on 10 June 2001. The collection was a part of September 2000 fashion week, but I wonder if Donna actually let her emotions speak out loud through the music…

Now watch this Fall/Winter 1994-1995 show celebrating supermodels, super women and, of course, super clothes. So much energy! It’s like being dipped in a pool of endorphin bubbles!

And these are just a few of my favourite – you can see more on youtube if you like.

Photo source: Donna Karan Fall/Winter 2001 via


  1. I've enjoyed in particular the one from '94/'95, beautiful to see the collection through the years and if you didnt write, I havent notice the difference between the music:) Happy Sunday dear! xo

  2. wow great post -lots of work inthis posting fabulous and great reference


  3. Wow, this is a fab round up Natalia! Such incredible clothes and I agree, the music/aesthetics is so powerful, love it!!

  4. Isn't it something how the mood of the designer can affect the theme or collection itself. Truly awesome! Natalia, you notice everything! I like that!

  5. I finally found the peace and quiet to read the Donna Karan posts that I hadn't read while enjoying my coffee. Now I'm going to watch these videos while finishing my cup. Thank you for these wonderful posts. Even though I knew her story, I enjoyed reading all of them.

  6. I'm waiting for a quiet moment to enjoy these. :) Thank you for sharing.