Donna Karan steps down from her post at Donna Karan International

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Karan Leaving Chief Designer Post at Her Company


After 30 years at the helm, Donna Karan has decided to step down from her post as chief designer at Donna Karan International, the brand announced Tuesday. The founder and pioneer in women's fashion will stay with the company in an advisory role, but will be dedicating more time to her company and foundation Urban Zen.

The LVMH-owned brand is not seeking an immediate replacement for her role, and will be halting its runway shows and collections for a period of time.

Karan confirmed her departure in a statement Tuesday night:


Karan founded DKI in 1984, after a run as co-designer at Anne Klein, and the company went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 1996. In regards to Urban Zen, Karan expressed a desire to "follow my vision of philanthropy and commerce with a focus on health care, education and preservation of cultures."

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Donna Karan and fellow designer Louis Dell'Olio pose amongst fabric in a New York City workroom.

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With Anna Wintour and Carolyne Roehm at the 69th Regiment Armory.

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During the grand opening of Seventh On Sale at the 26th Street Armory. 

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With Stephan Weiss at the Benefit for Arts and Film. 

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At the DKNY Fall 2013 Fashion Week Show.

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Speaking at the Parson's MFA Exhibition Opening Reception. 

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Attending the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala.

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Attending the 2012 Parsons Fashion benefit.

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Walking the runway at the Donna Karan New York Fashion Week show.

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Arriving at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. 

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Posing for a photo at the Conde Nast Media Group's Third Annual Fashion Rocks Concert.

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Arriving at the "7th On Sale Online" Gala. 

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Visiting Bryant Park during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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With Calvin Klein at The Cinema Society & The Weinstein Company screening of 'Dirty Girl'.

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Sharing a laugh with humanitarian and model Petra Nemcova at the Happy Hearts Fund: Land of Dreams, Haiti. 

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At the 8th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards.

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Posing on the red carpet during the Cinema for Peace fundraiser for Haiti.

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Showing her support at The Hot Pink Party: My Fair Evelyn's Dream.

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With Jude Law at The Third Annual Solving Kids' Cancer Spring Celebration.

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Posing with Trudie Styler attend the Ubuntu Education Fund NYC Gala at Roseland Ballroom

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Attending the 2012 Couture Council for the Museum at FIT Award for Artistry of Fashion to Oscar de la Renta

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Smiling while walking down the runway during the DKNY Women's show during Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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Posing on the red carpet during the Revlon and Tribeca Film Institute Screening of "HALF THE SKY: Turning Oppression into Opportunity."

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With Demi Moore during The Fashion Group International Presents The 20th Annual Night of Stars at Cipriani. 

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Posing for a photo before the start of her runway show "Donna Karan Spring 2007 Fashion" during Olympus Fashion Week.

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Posing for a photo in the press room at the 2005 CFDA Awards.

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Embracing Hal Rubenstein, fashion editor for InStyle Magazine, at the DKNY Mens Fall 2005 fashion show.

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Attending the first annual Stephan Weiss Apple Awards with Anna Wintour.

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Acknowledging the crowd after the showing of her spring line.

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After having recently been the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award, Donna Karan poses confidently on the stairs at the 2004 Council for Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards.

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