05/12/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Donna Karan On The Fashion System: 'It's A Smorgasbord Of Too Much'

Donna Karan talked to WWD about the fashion system, as in, the different collections that designers must produce and when they each hit stores. If it were up to Karan, she'd rework the entire thing:

Pre-fall shouldn't exist, I'm sorry. Wrong. Let's start there. We've got to bring clothes into season. Everybody has asked for resort to be wear-now. What they're really asking for is for a fresh approach to fall. What sold best in our resort collection were all our cashmeres. The number-one selling piece at retail right now is of the season. Cashmere. Pre-fall? May is when summer starts. This is where the problem is.

Do you know what this is like? A smorgasbord of too much. You eat all of the food, more, more, more, more and more. It's an abundance of nausea. It's too, too much until pop! It's going to pop. All of this stuff, stuff, stuff, stuff; it's going to obliterate each other. The whole thing has to be rethought, completely.