Twenty-five years ago there were no millions, no empire, no Urban Zen (beyond a state of mind), no gorgeous grandchildren to make a charming runway show all the more so. But there was an idea, one fomented during a young woman’s apprenticeship with Anne Klein and subsequent creative partnership with Louis Dell’Olio, and crystallized as she thought about her own wardrobe needs and those of the women she knew and admired. And there was New York. Or, as Donna Karan wrote in her program notes, “We started with a city, a bodysuit, a pair of tights and the power of a woman.”


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