Donna Karan and Carine Roitfeld Launch New Chapters

Short List / A Look Back on 2015, in Style

Two of my personal fashion-world favorites, Carine Roitfeld and Donna Karan, continued to add inspiring— and sometimes, surprising— bullet points to their CVs this year.

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PHOTO CREDIT:  Pierre-Alban Hue de Fontenay
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Roitfeld, the legendary stylist and former editor of Vogue Paris, continued the success of her influential magazine, CR Fashion Book, with the launch of CR Men’s Book. She also partnered with the traditionally anti-trend Japanese brand Uniqlo to collaborate on a line (which launched with success this fall and will return in 2016 for round two). In addition to her forthcoming perfume, I’m eager to see what else is in store!


Donna Karan, the designer who revolutionized working women’s fashion in the 1980s and then built an empire that spanned mens and womenswear, hosiery, beauty products and fragrances, homewares, and more, stepped down from her namesake company this year. This neatly coincided with the launch of her memoir, “My Journey,” which recounts her incredible story and tells the beginning piece of her next chapter: Urban Zen, a foundation and retail concept that exemplifies her belief in cultural preservation through commerce and self-care:

“Who is Donna Karan?” the designer wondered aloud towards the end of the interview. It is clear even she struggles with carrying the weight of both her personal journey and her brand’s; the two are irreversibly combined. Ms. Karan stopped to think, in the end confessing, “I am a loving and caring mother, grandmother and philanthropist who’s still on her journey.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09:  Designer Donna Karan walks the runway at the DKNY Women's fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 on February 9, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion )
(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion )

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Donna Karan and Carine Roitfeld Launch New Chapters