FASHION WEEK, SPRING 2014
Fashion Week is exhilarating and exhausting. In the space of two days, we had two shows and a fabulous 25th anniversary celebration for DKNY. And that doesn’t count all the other things going on, including a DKNY Men’s presentation the week before. Oh, and did I mention the Jewish holidays fell the same week? Whew…Here’s a glimpse into the week that was.
Can you believe DKNY is 25 years old?!?! And still going strong, with street-smart pieces that could only come from New York. Hard to choose, but this was my favorite.
The amazing Rita Ora not only sang at our party, she rocked her way down the catwalk. Just look at her spirit and energy.
Closing the show. No matter how much I try, I can never get Jane Chung – my DKNY partner-in-designer from the very beginning – to walk the runway with me.
Collection. One of our inspirations…..It all started in search for a scarf….
How to turn the sensuality of a handblocked scarf into a chic urban wardrobe.
The palette? Blue waters and skies….sunsets and rises.
Look #1, Look #9 and Look #32
The Artisan cutwork shopper bag – small, medium and large - I’m obsessed!
Collection ankle-strap shoes….I love the heels, but you’ll see me in the flats.
Happy 25th Birthday, DKNY!
Me with Karlie and Joan.
Chanel, A$AP & me.
Here’s wishing you a wonderful start to fall, full of health, happiness and lots of cashmere.
All my love,
Boating in Ibiza
Can you believe the summer’s come and gone? It always goes by too quickly, but this one really flew. I started the summer traveling – India, Israel and Ibiza (above.) (Funny how they all start with the letter I.) This week, as I ready for our Donna Karan runway show, I’ve been working with all the amazing Indian scarves that inspired the collection. Yet, in between my world traveling and the return to the New York fashion world, I came home to the Hamptons, where I’ve spent every summer for as long as I can remember.
I start my day at Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor, taking a class with Rodney Yee or Colleen Saidman Yee. Then I go to my Urban Zen store, which is right next door to my daughter Gabby’s restaurant Tutto il Giorno, where we meet friends and family for lunch or dinner.
Rodney and Me
Colleen and me
My favorite part of the summer is spending time with my grandkids. Stephania is all about horseback riding, and also went to camp for the first time – which she loved. And you can see in this picture of Sebastian, how he’s already like his father and my Stephan with his love of bikes.
Polo in the Hamptons
Sebastian and Me on a motorcycle
Stefania and her favorite horse
Steph on the plane
The Hamptons is a mecca for fundraising. Our Super Saturday – the annual designer sale to benefit Ovarian Cancer Research Fund – was 16 years old and more successful than ever, raising over $3.5 million.
Super Saturday 16
Urban Zen sponsored “Haiti in the Hamptons.” We featured four amazingly talented women – Caroline Sadar, Pascale Theard, Paula Coles, and Shelley Clay - whom I consider the mothers of Haiti. I had arranged for them to stay at my house. It was wonderful to introduce them to Rodney and Colleen and their family, as well as my friend and fellow Hamptonite Christie Brinkley.
Haiti in the Hamptons
Somewhere in all of this, I went to the opening of my friend Sheila Johnson’s Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, Virginia. What an amazing work of love. It has everything for everyone – including a wellness spa and an equestrian program. It’s a stunning property, 35 minutes away from DC. My secret hope is it that it helps promote the importance of wellness to those in charge in Washington.
Now I’m back at work, for that crazy-busy time of year called Fashion Week. Stay tuned.
All my love,
Women in the World Summit: There is a Powerful Current Stirring
Attending the fourth annual Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center – just a few blocks from my home – was the perfect way to settle back into New York City after several weeks of travel.
This year’s summit built on the momentum created over the last three years and spoke to the incredible community of women as a global collective. It was inspiring to see world leaders – from exceptional executives, to profoundly effective humanitarians, to political and celebrity heavy hitters, to new women of impact – all come together to offer stories and insights from a very personal and solution oriented place.
I, of course, loved seeing women that I have long admired participate in the summit. Hillary Clinton’s speech exemplified the power of women – she stated so perfectly that, “Helping women isn’t just a nice thing to do.” I loved seeing her look so radiant, refreshed and full of life. Hillary captured the feeling of the summit when she said, “There is a powerful current stirring…we need to seize this moment.” I couldn’t agree more… there is something amazing happening amongst women and this moment is ripe.
You know, I’m constantly struck by the strength of the Clinton legacy and I especially felt this seeing Chelsea take the stage after her mother to lead a paneled discussion on future innovators, influencers and entrepreneurs.
I also love, love, loved seeing my dear friend Danielle Saint-Lot - Haiti’s Ambassador-at-Large - on the “How to Build a Woman Leader Panel,” a subject she has an enormous amount of personal experience in.
As the discussions and stories continued on throughout the summit, I was reminded how important women’s bodies are to our sense of self, power and expression. Many panels focused on the unthinkable abuse women have endured and the “battlefields” our bodies often represent. On the Outcry in India panel, journalist Shoma Chaudhury eloquently spoke to this point saying, “Women’s bodies are the battlefield on which destructive ideologies are contested.” However, there were just as many discussions surrounding the freedom we have to show the beauty of our bodies. I was particularly blown away when 18-year-old Michaela DePrince, a child survivor of war-torn Sierra Leone and orphanage abuse, danced on stage saying, “When I dance, I let people see who I really am.” As a designer and woman who has long appreciated the art of a woman’s body, I really connected with this line of conversation.
Overall, what really resonated with me was the abundant potential represented within this community of women. Empowering people to become self-sufficient, to stand tall, seek solutions and to live brave lives of impact. There were many dark topics covered, but the feeling I walked away with was one of light. In the end, it’s all about women raising women to another dimension.
All my love,