Karen Kane, a Graduate of the Fashion School FIDM Featured on the Cover of Women’s Wear Daily

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A silk blouse by FIDM Alumna Karen Kane makes the cover of Women’s Wear Daily.

Women’s Wear Daily cover featuring a blouse by fashion school grad Karen Kane

"The better market is looking, well, pretty great these days thanks to graphic plays in sleek black and white," says Women’s Wear Daily of designer Karen Kane’s black and white polka dot silk blouse and rayon, nylon, and spandex skirt, which made the cover of Women's Wear Daily on Thursday, July 14, 2011.

The designer, who graduated from top fashion school FIDM, and her clothing empire is one of the industry’s true success stories. This fall, she debuts Red 23, a new casual women’s line that’s named for Kane’s favorite roulette number. The Santa Barbara, California native who began sewing at age 10, always knew that she wanted a career in fashion. In 1979, she married Lonnie Kane, and the duo launched Karen Kane, Inc. in their Studio City, California garage.

For more than 25 years, Karen Kane has been a leader in women’s wear, selling at retailers such as Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Belk, Bon Ton, and others and employing over 150 people. In 2008, the Los Angeles-based company launched Fifteen-Twenty, a contemporary line that has been seen on stars such as Eva Longoria, Katherine Heigl, and Jessica Biel.

“When Lonnie and I noticed that there was a void in the market for customers who wanted pretty tops that can quickly and easily be paired with jeans, we jumped at the opportunity,” explains Kane. “Fifteen-Twenty has let me branch out in new ways and re-energized me creatively.”

With four dynamic California campuses, FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is the premier west coast fashion design college, educating for careers in fashion, graphic design, interior design, and entertainment. FIDM’s graduates include renowned fashion designers like Monique Lhuillier, Emmy® and Academy Award® award-winning costume designers, top fashion industry executives, and entrepreneurs.


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