Iconic designer, Donna Karan has stepped off the runway to embrace the ‘Buy now, Wear Now’ philosophy with her Urban Zen luxurious lifestyle brand. She has opened up five stand-alone stores located in New York City, Los Angeles, Sag Harbor, Manhasset and Aspen. She presented her first 'In Season' collection during Fashion Week at her boutique in New York City.

I caught up with Donna Karan at her Manhattan location to talk about her latest collection.“Urban Zen is about the philosophy of living, and finding calm through the chaos in fashion. Fashion shows are always about what is new, but you can’t buy what you see for six months.

At Urban Zen, I dress, and address my customer’s immediate needs.”

She presented her, see now, buy now ‘The Alchemist Collection’ directly to the consumer in a modern day oasis, complete with a live, well behaved falcon. Karan says the beauty of this collection is that it accentuates the positive, and deletes the negative. She outfitted some of the looks with a body piece designed to literally, hold you in. That is a definite ‘buy now’ must-have item!

The Urban Zen Foundation addresses the well-being of others

Her brand is about more than just fashion. Karan believes in taking care of others and being a responsible citizen. After her husband had developed cancer, and hearing her customers talk about its ravaging effects upon their families, she dedicated herself to creating the Urban Zen Foundation that combines philanthropy, commerce, education and healthcare.

“We not only dress, but we address an urban lifestyle by offering solutions that connect mind, body, and spirit. And, we want to raise awareness about what is happening in the world and inspire change on a global level.”

Retro runway for Son Jung Wan

Designer Son Jung Wan showcased her 2017 Spring Collection on the runway, during New York Fashion Week at Moynihan Station in New York City.

Models took the standing room only crowd back to the 1970s. The looks were flamboyant, fun and vivid. The acid trippy colors skewed towards cherry pink, neon red and metallic blue. She incorporated the bright colors with bold prints, stripes, and floral patterns.

I talked with Son Jung Wan backstage about her latest collection.

“I combined the high energy of the ‘70s, the vibrant colors, and the disco mood to create looks for the sexy, smart girl who wants to stand out in a crowd.”

No runway to retail philosophy yet for Son Jung Wan. Fans will have to wait six months for her retro collection to make it into stores.

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