Donna Karan Inc.

With talent, drive and a willingness to break the rules, Donna Karan has made a distinctive mark as a designer and built a formidable apparel empire

"LET'S SPRAY THE MODELS! PATTI, COULD you get me some perfume?" Straight pins bristling from her mouth, safety pins stuck on the black cashmere sweater wrapped around her waist, designer Donna Karan is stalking the runway where she is about to present her spring collection to the fashion flock. She was up for most of the night, coping with the usual crises. The oversize linen hats, for instance. A nice theatrical touch, but they didn't fit through the entrance to the runway. (The models learned to take them off and put them back on, fast.) Then there was the jewelry. Karan...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!