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DKNY Spring 2009 - Mercedes-Benz fashion week

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DKNY celebrates 20 years

The DKNY show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week featured updated 80s styles with bowed mini-dresses and neon colors. The show celebrated 20 years of DKNY and also paid tribute to the city of New York. PETA protestors ran onto the runway, but the show went on.

DKNY - Spring 2009 Fashion Week - PETA

DKNY spring 2009

The DKNY Spring 2009 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York received some extra attention when PETA activists ran onto the runway with signs reading "Donna: Dump Fur." Though security escorted the group off the catwalk very quickly and the show continued, protests outside went on with demonstrators dress in animal costumed covered with blood.

Nicole Richie, Christina Ricci, Winona Rider and several other celebrities attended the 'DKNY Celebrates 20 Years' runway show. Here you can check out the entire fashion show with its updated 80s looks, bowed mini-dresses and neon colors. You can also get a small glimpse of the protesters in the second part.

 

DKNY - Spring 2009 - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Donna Karan biography

Born on October 2, 1948 in Forest Hills, New York, Donna Karan graduated from Hewlett High School in 1966 with a penchant for design. Her mother had been a model and her stepfather a tailor, so she had come from a family with a definite sense for the aesthetic.

Upon graduating from high school, Karan was accepted into the Parsons School of Design, where she stayed as a student for only two years. In an unusual move, Anne Klein offered her a position midway through her undergraduate career. With diligence it was not long before Karan had moved up to the head of the design team for the label. Karan was to retain the post until 1989, beyond even the creation of her own line of clothing in the mid-1980s.

The Donna Karan label

The first Donna Karan New York Collection was introduced in fall 1985. Karan hoped the line would combine luxury with comfort and affordability. Of course, it succeeded wildly. DKNY was officially estabished in 1988 and is known as a top New York lifestyle brand

After years of just women's apparel, the label expanded to menswear in 1992 with DKNY Men, which included casual wear, dress wear, formal wear, sportswear and shoes.

Eventually, the DKNY label also included accessories, jeans, intimate apparel, children's apparel, fragrances, a home collection and much more. Even though it had its ups and downs, DKNY can still be found in department stores at virtually every shopping mall throughout the country.

Donna Karan

By late 2001, Karan was able to sell her company to the fashion conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) for a hefty sum of $243 million. Donna Karan stepped down as CEO of the company in 1997 but has remained as the official chairwoman and designer for the Donna Karan line.

Much of the designs these days are actually created by Peter Speliopoulos, former Cerruti designer. The DKNY line is currently designed by Jane Chung, who has been an employee of Karan's since her time at Anne Klein.

Most recently, in August of 2008, Karan re-launched her formerly discontinued line of fragrances, including Chaos, Black Cashmere, DK Fuel for Men, and Signature. Bergdorf Goodman owns the exclusive rights to the fragrances in the United States, as does Harrods Knightsbridge in England.

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