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Donna Karan steps down as the brand's chief designer


By Natalie Mortimer | N/A

July 1, 2015 | 2 min read

Donna Karan has stepped down as chief designer from her eponymous fashion line.

Karan will continue to serve as an advisor to Donna Karan International, which was bought by French powerhouse LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 2001. She will now commit more time to her Urban Zen line, which centers on wellness and artisanal goods, according to the New York Times.

The fashion company will now reorganize its teams and has suspended the main Donna Karan line in the interim. A successor has not been announced.

Karan said in a statement, “LVMH and I have made this decision after much soul-searching. I have arrived at a point in my life where I need to spend more time to pursue my Urban Zen commitment to its fullest potential and follow my vision of philanthropy and commerce.”

Donna Karan will not show at New York Fashion Week this coming September.

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