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Donna Karan Is Stepping Down As Chief Designer

After more than three decades of inspiring women to embrace the working world with power and fulfillment through fashion, Donna Karan is stepping down as Chief Designer for DKI (Donna Karan International). According to WWD, Karan will remain a close advisor of the label, but wants to spend more time working on her Urban Zen Company and Foundation. "I have arrived at a point in my life where I need to spend more time to pursue my Urban Zen commitment to its fullest potential and follow my vision of philanthropy and commerce with a focus on health care, education and preservation of cultures. After considering the right time to take this step for several years, I feel confident that DKI has a bright future and a strong team in place,” reported Karan.  Karan founded DKI in 1984 and the brand went public by 1996. In 2001, LVMH invested in DKI and turned the brand into an international name. Karan made a huge impact with her fashion influence not only in America but around the world. A replacement has not yet been named. Donna Karan made the decision to suspend the brand's runway shows and collections for now until a successor is in place. The company plans to support Karan's brand by reorganizing its teams and structure. But have no fear, you can still by DKNY in stores! Don't miss 3-No Fail Outfit Ideas For Your Next Summer Date Night and 4 Ways To Make Your Clothes Sweatproof, Even On The Hottest Days! [Photo: Splash News]

Jet Setters Are So 2008: Donna Karan Markets To Parachuters For Her New “Casual Luxe” Label

The Donna Karan Casual Luxe Collection. Story time. Let me present you with the description that accompanies  Donna Karan's new Casual Luxe line on Shopbop, where prices exceed $3,000 an item... "Luxurious, dressed-down, and effortlessly cool. Pre-fall's palette looks out an urban window--the elements of nature and architecture, weathered with age..." (more…)

Backstage Beauty: 6 Spring Trends To Try Now

Though New York Fashion Week Spring 2011 still has another day to go, we've rounded up some of our favorite makeup and hair looks from the runways. And trust us, you'll be all over these trends once the temperature warms up again--if not earlier. Hair: One of our favorite hairstyles was this updo from the Vena Cava show. Inspired by the '70s Halston girl, hairstylist Ted Gibson created a textured ballerina bun and then crowned hair with a headband that was actually a scarf twisted around the models' heads. The effect? An effortlessly chic look equal parts vintage and modern. Create your own version of this style in minutes with by setting a bun in place with the help of Ted Gibson Beautiful Hold Hairspray ($19.95) and adding a Topshop Velvet Bow Turban ($20). [caption id="attachment_91243" align="aligncenter" width="218" caption="Derek Lam S/S 2011"][/caption] Enviably sleek, straight hair--parted down the middle-- drifted down the catwalk at several shows, like Derek Lam and Tracy Reese, and suddenly beachy waves seemed so 2010. Straighten up and get Frederic Fekkai Coiff Controle Ironless Straightening Balm ($25). Apply it to hair to make even wavy locks silky straight, even as it air dries. No flatiron required. Makeup: [caption id="attachment_91211" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Venexiana S/S 2011 Backstage"][/caption] Some of the spring runways saw the more typical (but still pretty) parade of pastel shades and bare skin, such as at Vivienne Tam and Donna Karan. But we fell for the collections that didn't shy from color, like the wild eyes and shiny pink lips at Venexiana, where makeup artist Napoleon Perdis was inspired by glamour of Venetian courtesans. Perdis told us that spring will be all about satin skin, big lashes, and smokey lids with a metallic edge. Sign us up! Get this spring evening look by dusting lined lids with Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dust #1 ($20), which lends a gold sheen that can be worn alone, or layered over another color to give it a metallic effect. Then, plump your lashes with a healthy dose of Mesmer-Eyes Mascara ($25). Perdis capped models' lips with pinks at both the Venexiana and Elise Overland shows, and you can get a similar look with NP Set Lipstick in Minneapolis Cream Pink ($15), a blush shade that screams spring and is office-appropriate to boot. [caption id="attachment_91234" align="aligncenter" width="287" caption="Marc Jacobs S/S 2011"][/caption] We also loved the bold cherry lips that some of the models sported at Marc Jacobs. In fact, for us they almost stole the show. Maybe now we won't have to get rid of those crimson lipsticks we bought for fall, after all... Urban Decay Lipstick in Revolution ($22) will get you that very-red look, and can be blotted on for a more stained effect. The best part, though, might just be the attention-getting tube.  Finish off with a little bit (or a lot) of black liner-- we like L'Oreal HIP Kohl Eyeliner ($13)--and you'll look like you just stepped off the runways. Nails: [caption id="attachment_91226" align="aligncenter" width="256" caption="Yoana Baraschi S/S 2011"][/caption] It looks like bright reds will be back next spring, but for a fresh new way to wear the shade, we found inspiration at the Yoana Baraschi show. Models wore pale nails on their hands that contrasted with darker colors on feet-- our favorite look featured sheer socks over bright red toes, with an effect simultaneously innocent and sexy. Get the look with Dashing Diva's New York Slice ($8), a universally flattering red that will look as good on toes and it will on hands. And if you're bold enough to try it under sheer socks, we recommend Urban Outfitters' too-cute UO Pointelle Sock ($8). [caption id="attachment_91228" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Charlotte Ronson S/S 2011 Backstage"][/caption] At Charlotte Ronson, we swooned over the simple, sheer beige that models sported on both their hands and feet- a minimalist take on the season. Pick up OPI's always-classic Samoan Sand ($8), the same color that the models at Charlotte Ronson wore. And forget touch-ups, with a sheer color like this, you'll never have to worry about chipping. Happy spring, ladies. Want more beauty? Check out our guides to the best mascara, best skin care products, and the best dry hair repair.

Friday’s Sample Sale Scoop: MICHAEL Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Sue Wong, More

Our pick: MICHAEL Michael Kors at ideeli Editors’ Closet: Memorial Weekend Mega Sale Beyond The Rack: Tonino Lamborghini, Mimi & Coco, Kaporal, Mariam Collection, Escada sunglasses, Debbie Shuchat, Think Kitchen  Billion Dollar Babes: Looks from American Idol, Cameo, Petunia Pickle Bottom Gilt Groupe: Summer Sizzle Jewelry, Kotur, Vanessa Noel, Donna Karan, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Trovata Guiltless Purse: Take up to 70% off Tylie Malibu, Lauren Merkin, Marcio Furla, Kooba, Hayden Harnett, Isabella Fiore, Cole Haan, More Hautelook: Bio-Therapeutic Skincare, Functionalab, Kitson, The Madison Collection Home, Tova Jewelry Blowout Ivory Trunk: Techno Marine ideeli: MICHAEL Michael Kors, Rachel Eva, Faryl Robin, Random House books, Casual Couture, Tango jewelry, Ed Hardy, Sue Wong, Tateossian Modnique: Sarah Jessica Parker fragrances, Tommy Hilfiger watches, Tagliamonte jewelry OohILove: Take up to 90% off Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Marc by Marc Jacobs, More Rue La La: Vera Bradley, Brochu Walker, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, Tivoli Audio RowNine: Duneier of New York jewelry, Ebisu handbags Going away? Pack all of your new steals and deals in a fashionable carry on bag for the holiday weekend, and then see our guides to the best chain strap bags, and the best evening handbags.

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