Donna Karan announced her decision tostep down from her role as creative designer of Donna Karan International to dedicate her time and energy to Urban Zen while the company is focusing all its attention on DKNY that Karan initially created inspired by Gaby, her daughter, and recently trusted to Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne.
While I understand her intentions and possible reasons that influenced her departure - first, losing Stephan Weiss, her husband and her rock in 2001, then Patti Cohen who left the company in May after working with Karan for over 30 years and, indeed the sheer and often unavoidable fact of emotional and physical exhaustion after running a business she since 1984 - my heart is falling into pieces for Karan has not only been one of my favourite designers, but the iconic brand, the soul of New York fashion and the creative whose shows and collections I always looked forward to.
Presently there're no candidates who would potentially replace her and the Donna Karan shows are to be suspended until further notice.
I know, just like Karan always said I should "delete the negative, accentuate the positive", but right now I find it extremely heart to get used to the idea of her not being there, taking a bow and, well, being the heart of Donna Karan New York.
Photo source: Donna Karan at Donna Karan Spring 2011 via stylebistro.com