- She wanted to give it all up to be a stay-at-
home mother, but DONNA KARAN ended
up shaping the modern woman's working wardrobe. EMILY CRONIN talks to the woman who epitomizes New York chic
Photographs by TRENT MCGINN
As a teenager, Donna Karan knew one thing: she did not want to follow her parents into the fashion business, and yet… "It was the only thing I was good at!" she says with a throaty laugh. "I wanted to be an illustrator, so I went for a job at WWD. They said I wasn't good enough, I should take up fashion."
The designer tends to characterize her early days in the industry as a series of lucky failures. After WWD quashed her hopes of being an illustrator, she enrolled as a fashion student at
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NAME: Donna Karan
PROFESSION: Founder and Chief Designer, Donna Karan
MY FAVORITE FOOTWEAR: Anything grounded, like a ballet flat
MY FAIL-SAFE PIECES: A bodysuit and a scarf – the basis for everything
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