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Donna Karan finally has a home in Los Angeles.
The legendary New York fashion designer has taken up residence in West Hollywood with the opening of her 2,000-square-foot lifestyle shop Urban Zen.
The boutique has the feel of a Hollywood bungalow, with an indoor/outdoor space and kitchen so the designer can host dinners and lunches, plus plenty of Urban Zen ready-to-wear essentials, statement jewelry, handcrafted leather pieces and artisan-made home decor from Bali, Haiti and other places Karan has traveled.
She founded her Donna Karan label in 1984 with New York City as her muse. She came up with the idea of “seven easy pieces” to take women to the boardroom and beyond, including the bodysuit, which became an iconic wardrobe piece in the late 1980s and 1990s, and is back in fashion now.
Donna Karan International went public in 1996. In 2001, luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton bought all the outstanding shares, plus the licensor of Donna Karan trademarks. Karan established the lower-priced DKNY brand in 1989, followed by DKNY Jeans, DKNY Underwear, DKNY Eyewear, DKNY Kids and more.
Last year, Karan, 68, stepped away from her namesake label to devote more time to her stand-alone Urban Zen brand, and to her charitable causes.
Karan founded the Urban Zen Foundation in 2006 with a friend, British fashion designer Sonja Nuttall, after becoming frustrated with the medical system when her late husband, Stephan Weiss, and friend Lynn Kohlman were battling cancer. The clothing line supports the foundation’s work.
Here, Karan shares her thoughts about the fashion industry today, her vision for female power dressing in 2016 and how Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton originated the cold-shoulder top.
Urban Zen, 9045 Nemo Street, West Hollywood; 424-335-0655, urbanzen.com
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