Clarins Million Meals Concert for the FEED Foundation

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 June 2012 02:03 Written by Donna Karan Tuesday, 5 June 2012 05:40

FEED Clarins Million Meals Concert for the FEED Foundation Wednesday evening’s Clarins Million Meals Concert for the FEED Foundation at Lincoln Center was truly a collaboration of love, family, purpose and passion, and a testament to what can happen when like minds come together to solve problems.

I was honored to serve on the host committee for the evening, which celebrated the 5th anniversary of Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED Foundation by raising enough money to provide one million school meals. Not only did the event surpass their million meals goal, they did so in a setting that brought together an astounding community of individuals committed to the cause. I was blown away by the evening’s program – from the words of President Clinton, who made a very special appearance for the event, to the musicians who graced the stage including PS22 chorus, John Legend and Natasha Bedingfield, Alan Gilbert and David Aaron Carpenter. The whole thing was mesmerizing.

I wasn’t just the struck by the speeches and performances, I was also deeply moved by the showing of family and friends who gathered to support and celebrate Lauren. It was a vibrant and eclectic group of individuals, unified by a collective consciousness to address a simple problem: feeding children.

On a personal note, I have to say that I am so proud of Lauren. I have known her for years and it has been a privilege to witness her working with such love and compassion to manifest her dreams. Lauren is really doing it; she’s really creating the change that is so necessary in this world today.

I am truly inspired by the FEED Foundation and I send them my heartfelt congratulations for five impressive years dedicated to raising awareness and inspiring change. I will always consider it an honor to share in their journey.

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Celebrating Well-Being & Education with Goldie Hawn & Dr. Oz

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 May 2012 10:25 Written by Donna Karan Monday, 23 April 2012 12:26

 Celebrating Well Being & Education with Goldie Hawn & Dr. Oz

Attending the Turnaround For Children Third Annual Impact Awards Dinner and the HealthCorps’ 6th Annual Gala in the same evening perfectly exemplified why I am such a big believer in the power of like-minds coming together.

I was honored to support two of my dear friends and inspirations – Goldie Hawn and Dr. Mehmet Oz at their respective events. The Impact Awards honored Goldie and The Hawn Foundation for her innovative work empowering children through her mind/body/spirit approach to education (something I am whole-heartedly in support of). And, I always love catching up with Mehmet and celebrating the ways in which he is bringing integrative well-being to the forefront of the public radar. The HealthCorps’ Gala was an extraordinary event that truly showcased the champions of forward-thinking healthcare.

The evening served a powerful reminder of why I care so deeply about the mission of Urban Zen and why creating a community of inspired change-makers can make all of the difference. I have such gratitude for this community that I am so blessed to be a part of.

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Fashion Week: An Offering of Inspiration

Last Updated on Friday, 24 February 2012 06:29 Written by Donna Karan Friday, 17 February 2012 05:23

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This week has been big. There’s been a lot going on and it has prompted me to consider things like what is really on my heart, where inspiration comes from and how to keep moving forward.

Whenever Fashion Week arrives, my heart is even more dedicated to the industry. I feel only love and compassion for the design community and the industry that gave me the foundation to find my creative expression and allowed me to share this expression with the world. I have such gratitude. I was born on Fashion Avenue and I’ve been designing since I was 18 years old; it is in my blood! You would think that after a lifetime of designing and showing collections that I wouldn’t get so nervous, but I do. With every collection, I am as nervous as if it were my first time showing. It is very personal for me.

What we put out on the runway for DKNY was, for me, like watching a daughter step into womanhood… there was more assurance, structure and confidence. And, with Donna Karan – I mean, it was my heart! This collection was inspired, entirely, by my husband Stephan and my personal belief in the concept of wo-man; there is a man in every woman, we are interconnected. Typically, I am drawn to “c” words, but this collection was all about the “s.” It was strong, sensual, smart, seductive, sophisticated, spirited, sculpted, structured, suited, shouldered. In short, it was Stephan.

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While Stephan is always in my heart and on my mind, he has been at the forefront of my thoughts this past year. At Urban Zen we commemorated the tenth anniversary of his passing with the First Annual Stephan Weiss Apple Awards. Since then, I have been working on creating a book on Stephan’s life and curating a selection of his artwork to showcase in an exhibition this June at the Second Annual Stephan Weiss Apple Awards. Stephan taught me how to connect the dots and this is what my life is about now: finding the thread of connectivity, weaving together an image, a message, a collection that inspires.

The truth about inspiration is that I don’t search for it. The inspiration finds me and then I channel it. Whatever my eyes touch, my feelings touch, my energy touches… it all inspires.

Inspiration is offered to me. My mind never stops being inspired. This is what moves me forward, now and always.

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