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.

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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.

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The amazing Rita Ora not only sang at our party, she rocked her way down the catwalk. Just look at her spirit and energy.

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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.

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Collection. One of our inspirations…..It all started in search for a scarf….

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How to turn the sensuality of a handblocked scarf into a chic urban wardrobe.

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The palette? Blue waters and skies….sunsets and rises.

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Look #1, Look #9 and Look #32

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The Artisan cutwork shopper bag – small, medium and large - I’m obsessed!

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Collection ankle-strap shoes….I love the heels, but you’ll see me in the flats.

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Happy 25th Birthday, DKNY!

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Me with Karlie and Joan.

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Chanel, A$AP & me.

Here’s wishing you a wonderful start to fall, full of health, happiness and lots of cashmere.  

                                                                                                                               All my love,

Goodbye Summer!

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.

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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.

Sheila Johnson

Now I’m back at work, for that crazy-busy time of year called Fashion Week. Stay tuned.

                                                                                                                                                                                All my love,

The Shows

Another Fashion Week over… whew! I’ve just arrived in LA to dress Barbra for the Oscars, but before I get wrapped up in the celebratory awards season, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about how I’m feeling about my shows.

For me, the Donna Karan collection was about individuality, freedom and endless possibility: three words that embody the theme of my life in this moment. It was personal. 

I loved the way this season came together; from look number one through the end of the show, we highlighted women of power. I wanted to convey the evolution of a signature style - a collection that has a life longer than a season.

I absolutely loved the energy of the DKNY show: the color, the set, the video, the music were all vibrant and dynamic. I thought the girls beautifully walked that fine line between youth and sophistication, which was perfect. It was fashion meeting real life and love, love, Ioved it.

DKNY is always a little more familial. I started DKNY to address the growing needs of my own family and the collection continues to draw on my maternal instincts: every season feels like I am watching my child take another step forward. I’m very proud of where DKNY is today.

I feel great about both collections and am thrilled to be taking some time in LA, basking in sunshine, spending time with Barbra and gearing up for the Oscars. Stay tuned!

                                                                                                                                            All my love,

Don’t miss the show at 2pm today on DonnaKaran.com
WATCH IT HERE

Don’t miss the show at 2pm today on DonnaKaran.com

WATCH IT HERE

RACHAEL TAYLOR
Actress Rachael Taylor in Resort 2013 at the Donna Karan New York Spring 2013 runway show, September 10, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

RACHAEL TAYLOR

Actress Rachael Taylor in Resort 2013 at the Donna Karan New York Spring 2013 runway show, September 10, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

ASHLEY GREENE
Ashley Greene in Resort 2013 at the Donna Karan New York Spring 2013 runway show, September 10, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Henry S. Dziekan III / WireImage
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ASHLEY GREENE

Ashley Greene in Resort 2013 at the Donna Karan New York Spring 2013 runway show, September 10, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Henry S. Dziekan III / WireImage

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Fashion’s Night Out is such a special night! Here are some of the photos from the event launching the new Stephen Weiss: Connecting the Dots book!

Watch the Runway Video     |      See the Lookbook     |       Go Backstage at the Show

Watch the Runway Video     |      See the Lookbook     |       Go Backstage at the Show

FASHION WEEK
Fashion Week always hits like a hurricane after Labor Day. Mind you, I’ve been working all summer on our Spring collections – Donna Karan and DKNY don’t happen overnight. But there’s still that sudden, back-to-school feeling in the air. You have everyone in town, all at once – the international press, retailers, bloggers, celebs – and the schedule is jam packed. There’s literally something – actually many things - every hour on the hour. It’s the ultimate fashion reunion – a moveable feast running from uptown to downtown, day into night. Usually, DKNY and Donna Karan are among the last shows of the week, but this year, I’m thrilled to say they are among the first. Why am I thrilled? Because then it will be essentially over and I can enjoy the rest of the week. Or at least try to. Right now, pre-shows, I’m running back and forth between 550 Seventh Avenue (Collection’s home) to 240 W 40th (DKNY’s home.) I’m styling looks, fitting models, previewing with the press, hearing music, writing press releases, deciding on hair and makeup and on and on. Add in Fashion’s Night Out – the truly brilliant, round-the-world, shop-till-you-drop party established four years ago created by Anna Wintour and Vogue, and the pressure is just all that more intense. (Our FNO included Miss Piggy at the DKNY store selling FDNY Heroes Calendar as well as Lauren Bush Lauren and the DKNY X FEED Collection to fight world hunger. And, at our Collection store, we previewed my new book on Stephan, “Connecting the Dots: Portrait of a Man.”) I’m not doing this alone. I have the most amazing teams in the world. I hit the ground running at 7am and fall into bed after midnight. You would think with more than 50 shows behind me, I wouldn’t get stressed at all, but I do. Yet, I’ve learned to stay cool through my yoga, pilates, juices, aromatherapy and getting a massage before I go to bed. After our Collection show, I host a dinner for all my designers and creative talent who worked on the show, and we get to breathe a collective sigh of relief. For a minute, that is. Then we go to work the next morning and start all over again. To be continued….

FASHION WEEK

Fashion Week always hits like a hurricane after Labor Day. Mind you, I’ve been working all summer on our Spring collections – Donna Karan and DKNY don’t happen overnight. But there’s still that sudden, back-to-school feeling in the air. You have everyone in town, all at once – the international press, retailers, bloggers, celebs – and the schedule is jam packed. There’s literally something – actually many things - every hour on the hour. It’s the ultimate fashion reunion – a moveable feast running from uptown to downtown, day into night. Usually, DKNY and Donna Karan are among the last shows of the week, but this year, I’m thrilled to say they are among the first. Why am I thrilled? Because then it will be essentially over and I can enjoy the rest of the week. Or at least try to. Right now, pre-shows, I’m running back and forth between 550 Seventh Avenue (Collection’s home) to 240 W 40th (DKNY’s home.) I’m styling looks, fitting models, previewing with the press, hearing music, writing press releases, deciding on hair and makeup and on and on. Add in Fashion’s Night Out – the truly brilliant, round-the-world, shop-till-you-drop party established four years ago created by Anna Wintour and Vogue, and the pressure is just all that more intense. (Our FNO included Miss Piggy at the DKNY store selling FDNY Heroes Calendar as well as Lauren Bush Lauren and the DKNY X FEED Collection to fight world hunger. And, at our Collection store, we previewed my new book on Stephan, “Connecting the Dots: Portrait of a Man.”) I’m not doing this alone. I have the most amazing teams in the world. I hit the ground running at 7am and fall into bed after midnight. You would think with more than 50 shows behind me, I wouldn’t get stressed at all, but I do. Yet, I’ve learned to stay cool through my yoga, pilates, juices, aromatherapy and getting a massage before I go to bed. After our Collection show, I host a dinner for all my designers and creative talent who worked on the show, and we get to breathe a collective sigh of relief. For a minute, that is. Then we go to work the next morning and start all over again. To be continued….

DONNA KARAN SPRING 2013 SHOW
Livestreaming today at 2pm EST
WATCH LIVE FROM THE FRONT ROW HERE

DONNA KARAN SPRING 2013 SHOW

Livestreaming today at 2pm EST

WATCH LIVE FROM THE FRONT ROW HERE