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Revisiting 16 of Donna Karan’s Most Iconic Ads

As the news spread that Donna Karan would be stepping down from the corporation she founded three decades ago, the industry steps back to reflect upon her myriad accomplishments. Not least of those are the ad campaigns for both her eponymous brand and DKNY, true works of art, for which the designer recruited fashion’s most bold-faced lensmen, most famously Peter Lindbergh and Mikael Jansson. Often star-studded (Karan counted Jeremy Irons, Cate Blanchett, and Gary Oldman among her brand’s many faces), always cinematic and singular, they’re sure to remain reference points for generations of fashion fans to come. Click through the slideshow above for 16 of our favorites.

—Kristin Anderson,

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