The fashion designer defended Harvey Weinstein in a red carpet interview by suggesting that women are “asking for it” based on what they’re wearing.
Fashion designer Donna Karan defended Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein by suggesting women who dress provocatively are “asking for it.”
Fashion icon Donna Karan’s new memoir chronicles her tempestuous relationships, her tumultuous childhood and her rise to the top of the fashion industry. She talks to Curt Schleier about her not-so-secret Jewish history.
Once in a while, a designer comes along who not only manages to reimagine how a woman dresses, but how a woman feels. Donna Karan, who is stepping down, was one of these special talents.
‘It’s so great when other people wear your clothing,” joked fashion guru and founder of Donna Karan Ltd. Donna Karan, honoree at the Lungevity Foundation’s Celebration of Hope Gala at The Pierre. Wearing a body-hugging black silk sleeveless dress, long black shawl, black boots and imposing triangular tribal metal necklace, fashion was not on the menu that night. Founder of Urban Zen Foundation, and the Urban Zen Stores which “marry philanthropy and commerce” Karan spoke passionately of her husband who succumbed to lung cancer.
Karan, who grew up in a Jewish family in Queens, founded her company in 1984 with the mission of making modern clothes for women who want both comfort and beauty. Her line is based on the idea that modern dressing should be easy; women should own seven items that can be mixed and matched to create outfits suitable for transitioning from work to play to relaxing. In this spirit, her first item (and still perhaps her most famous) was a one-piece bodysuit that could be worn equally well with a fancy skirt or frayed jeans. The look is at once both simple, easy and sexy. “That I’m a woman makes me want to nurture others, fulfill needs and solve problems,” she writes on her web site. “At the same time, the artist within me strives for beauty, both sensually and visually. So design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.”
Donna Karan, Michael Bloomberg, Adam Pally, Rachel Dratch, Daniel Radcliffe
Some not-so-endearing news from our favorite Jewish fashion designers: Marc Jacobs tells Vogue that he hasn’t spoken to his mother in over 20 years (my mom launches a re-unification campaign if we don’t speak for two days), and Donna Karan gets in trouble for her new ad campaign set in Haiti. Hat tip to Jezebel.
Adam Levine, Ben Shenkman, Donna Karan, Harvey Weinstein, Julianna Margulies, Bebe Neuwirth