After a 30-year-long career, Donna Karan has made the shock announcement that she is leaving her role as chief designer at her eponymous label. Releasing the news via a press release, 66-year-old Karan announced that she will cease to lead the design at Donna Karan International three decades after she unvieled her first collection in 1985.

The iconic American designer will now devote her attention to the Urban Zen Company and foundation she founded in 2007. 

"Donna Karan New York is a part of me, past, present and future. It has been an honour to speak woman to woman about the Seven Easy Piece that forever changed the way women dress. I want to express my gratitude and my deepest feelings to the dozens and dozens of colleagues over the years who have helped take Donna Karan New York far beyond my wildest dreams," the designer said in a statement.