While fads come and go - and we can have fun with them - a great look is built off of classics... things you can purchase that last.
Kevin O'Leary tells a great story in his book about his mother and the investment she made in her fashion.
He points out that the classic Chanel jacket she bought for $500 in the 60's (a fortune) not only lasted her lifetime to where she could wear it 30 years later - but the classic cut, design and color of it never went out of style. An extra bonus? 30 years later, the jacket was worth $1000.
Now, I'm not saying we all go out and spend $500 on jackets right now. I know how it is for a lot of us. My own wardrobe is a mix bag of pieces. Some were thrifting / consignment finds whereas others are from stores like Dickies and Target - then I also have lovely classics like Calvin Klein and Christian Lacroix. I bought them with a good deal or sale and keep good care of them.
Donna Karan - in my opinion - brings some lovely choices to the table and I do like her work and how timeless it can be.
“Everything I do is a matter of heart, body and soul,” says Donna Karan, chief designer of the international company that bears her name. “For me, designing is an expression of who I am as a woman, with all the complications, feelings and emotions.”
In fact, Karan credits her feminine instincts for the success of the company she founded in 1984 with her late husband Stephan Weiss, which went on to become a publicly–traded enterprise in 1996, and then five years later, was acquired by its present owner, the French luxury conglomerate, LVMH, Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Says Karan, “that I’m a woman makes me want to nurture others, fulfill needs and solve problems. At the same time, the artist within me strives for beauty, both sensually and visually. So design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.”
How Karan meets that challenge can run from the simplicity of a bodysuit (where it all began) to the artisan glamour of a limited edition hand-painted DeVoré dress. Whatever form the design takes, Karan will tell you it begins and ends with the body – its sensual expression, sense of security, and freedom of movement.
A modern system of dressing, Karan’s concept is based on Seven Easy Pieces, where a handful of interchangeable items work together to create an entire wardrobe that goes from day to evening, weekday to weekend, season to season. “I’m designing for an international man and woman. A creative person who never knows where a day is going to take them,” says Karan. “That’s why New York is on the label. It sets the pace, the attitude.”