HARLEY from the US Asks Donna...
HARLEY: What is your favorite type of music, movies, TV shows, and books?
DONNA: I love so many different styles. Blues, jazz, rock, tribal. Anything with a beat. One of my favorite CD’s is “Drum Sex” by Brent Lewis. I love any and all movies, though especially the classics, like A Man and A Woman – love! I’m not a tv person, and bookwise, I’m all about inspiration, especially visuals, which is why I love travelogues and art books.
Rajasi from India Asks Donna...
RAJASI: Hi Donna. What was your inspiration for the Pre-Fall 2012 collection?
DONNA: We called Pre-fall “Wo-Man.” The inspiration is to empower women with a potent mix of his tailoring and her sensuality. To me, style is in the contrasts -- strong, soft; light, dark; liquid, structure. So we’re offering her a sharp, shouldered and slim silhouette that could multi-function with ease and sophistication. A great, double-breasted cutaway jacket she can suit up with cuffed pants or a splice skirt. The femininity of a silk bodysuit. A tailored dress that is seduces by flashing just enough skin at the neck and/or leg. A topcoat she can wear over everything. The more pulled-together, the more confident, the more seductive. Because nothing’s sexier than a woman who takes charge.
KARINA FROM PERU ASKS DONNA...
KARINA: What is your best quality?
DONNA: My passion for creativity and communication. To me, they are very much related, since I connect and collaborate in all I do. I like finding creative solutions to problems. I also love bringing people together to help find those solutions – whether it is in my design studio or in my philanthropic work. My husband Stephan’s art was based on “connecting the dots” and I realize that’s exactly what I strive to do every day.
AISHA FROM LONDON ASKS DONNA...
AISHA: What is essential in every woman’s wardrobe? What never goes out of fashion?
DONNA: Basic black. It’s truly the most versatile color you can wear. It looks sophisticated on everyone, is city friendly, goes day into night and instantly slims the silhouette.
ANNIE FROM COLORADO ASKS DONNA...
ANNIE: Who is one of your favorite local models to work with? How do you select your models?
DONNA: It depends on the project – is it for DKNY or Collection? Fitting or runway? Is it for fragrance? Advertising, for example is all about the woman, her presence, her personality. For DKNY, we’ve partnered with Ashley Greene, the actress from the Twilight series who is young, hip and spirited. For Donna Karan New York, we recently used Adriana Lima for our Spring ads photographed in and inspired by Haiti. Adriana had just the beauty and soulfulness that felt right for that collection.
DANIELA FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA ASKS DONNA...
DANIELA: What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
DONNA: I started when I was quite young and designed many collections. But my true first piece will always be the bodysuit. That simple article of clothing became the starting point of all I did afterwards – the system of dressing, the multi-functionality of the layers, the day-into-evening flexibility. It brings everything back to the essence, a woman’s body.
JANET FROM RIDGEWOOD, NJ ASKS DONNA...
JANET: You called a handbag "a portable home, office and mini-suitcase”. What do you carry in your handbag, what is never missing?
DONNA: Where to begin? My journal, which I need for my to-do lists as well as when inspiration strikes. My essential gadgets – iPod, iPad, iPhone and Blackberry, A bag of snacks, whether my raw cookies, nuts or raw vegetables. A green juice from home. An essential oil and/or moisturizer. A cashmere/silk blanket scarf. And, of course, all the usual: wallet, makeup bag, etc.
JACQUELINE FROM BOSTON,MA ASKS DONNA...
JACQUELINE: Do you consider yourself an artist?
DONNA: I used to debate this with my late husband Stephan Weiss, who was a painter and sculptor. I would describe myself as a creative spirit who is always making something from nothing, solving problems and answering needs. My greatest gifts are creating, connecting and collaborating.
ERIN FROM SAN DIEGO, CA ASKS DONNA...
ERIN: What is the biggest fashion faux pas for a woman?
DONNA: Trying to dress like someone else or wearing clothes designed for someone else’s body. The most important thing you can do is know your body and know what looks good on you. If you do that, you’ll feel great and there’s nothing more stylish than confidence.
FAITH FROM SINGAPORE ASKS DONNA...
FAITH: What are your recommendations for 18 year old teenagers like me who live in a tropical country like Singapore?
DONNA: Style isn’t about age, it’s about personal expression. It’s also about where and how you live and what you do with your day. It’s difficult to make specific suggestions when I know so little about you. I would suggest you think of the pieces you wear the most and build from there. Consider an Infinity dress, so you always have the perfect jersey dress option when you need it. At your age, however, I’d also experiment and try on different looks. You may want to talk with an experienced sales person and get their opinion on what works for how you live. Climate-wise, think breathable – jersey, cotton and linens. Keep the silhouette simple and play up with accessories. Don’t lock yourself in. This is a time in your life to have fun with clothes.