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Designer Profile - Urban Zen
Urban Zen is the latest and perhaps most close to heart project of Donna Karen. The project is steeped in her wish to inspire and create simultaneously. It is her way of taking a “whole” approach to dressing people in an urban environment, taking into consideration the health and vibrancy of mind, body, and soul. Urban Zen is a new model of doing business where philanthropy and commerce connect. A portion of all the proceeds of Urban Zen are donated towards specific socioeconomic and environmental projects that the Urban Zen Foundation, founded in 2007, is working towards.
The Urban Zen collection features subtle yet sophisticated palettes of deep rich earth tones such as sultry evening blue, vibrant cherry red, terra taupe, and raven black. Donna Karan has created a rich aesthetic of an elegant geometry, shapes that lay close to the body but drape with fullness and poise. Urban Zen has been designed in a layering system: soft, lavish fabrics such as linen jersey and silk crepe are used for the draping of dresses and tops that either wrap around you or flow into dramatic silhouettes. All of the layers are designed to move with you. They are basic clothes, that are so comfortable that you would want to sleep in them. They are imbued with drama and ready to go at a moment’s notice.