Rumours about Donna Karan’s Retire

Donna Karan show, Autumn Winter 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, New York, America - 10 Feb 2014. Donna Karan 'not retiring'

Donna Karan’s representative has dismissed “rumours” about her design future.

The 65-year-old designer celebrated the 30th anniversary of her brand when she showed her Fall/Winter 14 collection at New York Fashion Week earlier this month.

She appeared tearful at the presentation, causing some to suggest she may be considering stepping down from her company.

However, her spokesperson has insisted the speculation is overblown.

“Donna is the chief designer of the company. Anything else should be considered a rumour,” the representative told New York Post.

The publication insists it has heard rumours the US presentation was the designer’s “swan song”.

Regardless, it was a lavish affair with stars including Rita Ora and Katie Holmes on hand to watch the models trot the runway.

Donna dedicated her line to New York and was particularly inspired by the city’s bright lights and architecture.

“Thirty years later, I see style as an evolution, a unique reflection of who you are, where you’ve been and where you are going,” she was quoted as saying by irishtimes.com.

Black was the overwhelming colour used, with slim-fitting jackets open to the navel and paired with thigh-high boots.

Donna began her career with Anne Klein in the ’60s and became associate designer in 1971. In 1974 Anne was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and Donna was asked to take the helm of the label.

Last year, the designer admitting things could have been very different as her first meeting with Anne didn’t go completely to plan.

“I walked in [to meet Anne] and she said, ‘Walk.’ I go, ‘Why?’ She says, ‘Well I think you’re a little big for a model.’ I said, ‘Well I’m not here as a model I’m a designer!’” she laughed. “She was really my mentor. She knew the balance between creativity and reality. As a woman, for a woman, by a woman. She allowed me to do all the fabrics. So fabrics and textiles and the art of it really became a passion of mine.”

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