Dear… Donna Karan

Dear Donna Karan…

You’re cancelled. On behalf of anyone and everyone in the fashion industry, as well as the millions of women who have purchased and felt empowered by your clothing, you’re cancelled. On behalf of abuse victims, assault victims, and rape victims around the world, you’re cancelled. On behalf of everything that is righteous and pure in the world, you’re cancelled. Anything you choose to do from here on in has no value to the world, as well as everything you’ve done in the past carries no value. Why? Because it seems that the same women you aimed to empower with your clothing all those years ago, the same women who gave you your title and career, carry no value to you.

It’s baffling to see how a woman whose life mantra was empowerment for women, could so easily dismiss the claims made by women who only want to seek empowerment and justice for themselves and for the countless other women who fell to the disgusting hands of Harvey Weinstein. How could a woman who knows the brutality of finding success in the male-driven world of fashion so easily place the blame on women? On the same women who supported your success and contributed to it? It’s a shame to see that someone who could have been an ally to these women, whose mantra could have been to Weinstein’s victims support and a source of reassurance that they will get through this and that their attacker will be met with justice. It’s a shame to see her take the side of the villain and sow the seed of doubt by putting the blame on his victims and not crucify her BFF for what he’s done.

And how funny it is that 2 weeks later, Ms. Karan is now singing a different tune. Begging those around her to forgive her careless words as a mere misunderstanding in a tumultuous time. However, the truth of the matter is that life isn’t that simple anymore. Today’s society has enough sense to know that certain things are not so easily forgiven. And stating that “women who dress a certain way had it coming” isn’t something that should be easily forgiven. What if some of those women were wearing designs from one of your collection when they were attacked? Would that be inappropriate to you? Or would it be something you sweep under the rug in the way you want everyone to sweep what you said under the rug? Unfortunately, the world doesn’t work that way anymore. Times are changing Ms. Karan. In the same way that Harvey won’t be able to escape his fate, neither will you. That’s all.

My Capsule Wardrobe Diary

The Capsule Wardrobe has been around for a while. Susie Faux, owner of London boutique Wardrobe coined the term way back in the 70’s. Then in 1985, Donna Karan released her “7 Easy Pieces” collection of seven interchangeable work-wear pieces. At the debut, eight models dressed in only bodysuits and blacks tights at first, started to add items of clothing such as trousers, dresses, etc., to demonstrate the versatile style of dressing. The whole concept gained more popularity.

Essentially, the idea is to have a wardrobe collection of a few staple items of clothing, often in the neutral palette, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. In the end, you would have a compact closet with high-quality pieces that are versatile and that you love to wear — saving money, space, and time to get ready in the morning.


Currently, the minimalist style of dressing has become more trendy, so I decided to try it out. Do you have a wardrobe full of clothes but still wear the same 3 items every day? Same. So I thought I might as well try the Capsule Wardrobe thing, and what better time to do it than at the start of a new year. So for the whole month of January, I will be living out of my version of a capsule wardrobe.

Despite what people think, there are no rules to it. You don’t have to have a specific number of pieces or stick to a specific colour palette. However, it usually stays around 30 neutral pieces, but I’m going to try and stick to 33. This includes accessories and shoes. I’ve also set up rules for myself:

  1. I have to use items I already have.
    The point of a capsule wardrobe isn’t to have a complete, perfect wardrobe. There’s no such thing. This isn’t an excuse to go out and buy more clothes that will make my wardrobe “complete”. It’s nature to want something new, but this is about cutting down and keeping it simple.
  2. I have to put together an outfit everyday.
    I usually work from home so most of the week, I’m in sweats and a T-shirt, but if I was going to do this, I wanted to actually do it. So now I have no choice but to try and get my life together in the morning.
  3. I have 33 pieces to choose from.
    This includes purses, shoes, and accessories, and excludes workout clothes, sleepwear, and obviously socks and things.

I will be uploading a picture recap at the end, documenting my outfits every day this month, and I promise to keep it 100% honest. So check back to see if I manage to get through the whole month!

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