Thinking about Motherhood
Last Updated on Sunday, 12 May 2013 02:18 Written by Donna Karan Friday, 10 May 2013 01:56
I’ve been thinking a lot about motherhood and what it means to be a mother… it is a subject that I’ve shared my heart and soul on many times. I am a mother and grandmother and my maternal instincts have fueled not only my familial relationships, but also my desire to bring mind, body and soul into my life as a businesswoman and philanthropist.
This spectrum of motherhood spans across so many things and, in my opinion, highlights what’s most important. This week, I was an extra proud mama. I had the extraordinary pleasure of witnessing my daughter, Gabby, being honored at the Solving Kids Cancer’s Annual Gala. I was bursting with pride watching Gabby receive the “Wings of Hope” award for her tireless support of such a necessary and important issue. And, I’m delighted to share that evening was a fantastic success bringing in over $440,000 to fund new treatment options for kids.
As I write this, I am back in Haiti, a place where I tune into my maternal intuition constantly. As women, we are creators and the desire to give birth is woven into the essence of who we are – whether we birth babies, businesses or ideas is entirely up to us – but our ability to create is an amazing offering; an offering that the world needs.
So, in honor of Mother’s Day, I want to encourage each and every one of you to reach into your inner reserves of creativity. Tap into your unique talents and offer the world your own, authentic, brilliant, illuminated creativity.Learn More
My American Idol
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:39 Written by Donna Karan Friday, 26 April 2013 05:59
This week has been all about celebrating Barbra – my personal American Idol.
On Monday a beautiful event honoring Barbra took place at Lincoln Center. For 40 years now the Film Society honors a distinguished film artist whose body of work and lifetime of achievements represent a significant contribution to the art of film. This year the Chaplin Award went to Barbra and was presented to her by my none other than my other American Idol: President Bill Clinton.
The evening was a montage of extraordinary performances show casing brilliant moments from Barbra’s life as a ground breaking artist. I sat there as a fan.
Seeing the breadth of her work in one night was overwhelming and astonishing, even for me.
I felt like I was watching my life in front of my eyes and I think everyone sort of felt this way… Barbra has been infused in our lives for decades – from film, to stage, to broadway, to her divine voice – you name it, Barbra’s done it. When the event came to a close, all I wanted to do was run home and watch every single film, start to finish all over again.
Another big milestone happened this week: Barbra’s birthday. I was thrilled to be able to throw Barbra a birthday celebration at Urban Zen – an intimate evening that brought together our family and friends.
For the weekend, we headed to Washington, D.C. for the Correspondents’ Dinner, a perfect way to conclude our week of celebrations.Learn More
Finding the World in New York
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:37 Written by Urban Zen Monday, 22 April 2013 04:58
New York has always meant the world to me. I’m often asked why I chose to name my company Donna Karan New York and I always say the same thing: My name really didn’t mean anything, but New York… New York means everything.
Well, this past week was a perfect snapshot into the world that is New York City. My days were packed with conferences, events and galas… all of which spoke to the diverse facets of my own passions and the global community that makes up this city that continues to motivate me everyday.
From connecting with my friends and inspirations at the Clinton Foundation, to supporting a cause very close to my heart at the Annual Pink Ribbon Gala, to celebrating the Tribeca Film Festival with an event at Urban Zen to supporting key members of my Haiti crew – Bryn Mooser and David Darg – and the premier of their film, “The Rider and the Storm.”
A definite highlight of my week was spending my Saturday afternoon with Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, who stopped by Urban Zen to see the gorgeous collection of uniquely designed papier mâché hearts (part of the Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts exhibition that is now available on eBay!). We also took some time to stroll through the Connecting the Dots exhibition and catch up on all things Haiti over lunch at Locanda Verde.
Such an inspiring week! And, now, all of my energies are focused on Barbra who just arrived in New York this weekend. Much to celebrate… stay tuned!Learn More