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In her new deeply personal and sometimes provocative memoir My Journey designer Donna Karan shares her life story, including intimate and candid stories of her difficult and isolated childhood (the daughter of a tailor and a showroom model-turned-Seventh Avenue saleswoman); her nearly five decades in an ever-evolving fashion industry; her two marriages; motherhood; and her spiritual journey over the last twenty years.
Since she introduced her game-changing Seven Easy Pieces fashion collection in 1985 (which allowed working women to trade their manly suits for sensual, comfortable separates), she has never lost sight of her life goal: to empower women. In this, her first book, she interweaves the journey of her incredible career (from scrappy Anne Klein intern to lifestyle guru) with her personal ups and downs as a young woman plagued by insecurities, a wife and mother straddling the personal and the professional, and a spiritual seeker and philanthropist.
Donna Karan was born in Queens and raised on Long Island, New York. She attended Parsons School of Design before beginning her career with an internship at Anne Klein, where she rose to head designer in 1974 at age 25. She and her husband Stephan Weiss founded Donna Karan International, launching the Donna Karan New York collection in 1985, DKNY in 1989, and a beauty line in 1992. Karan’s philanthropic efforts are extensive: A longtime board member of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), she conceived its Seventh on Sale benefits to raise funds for AIDS awareness and education, and has co-chaired the New York “Kids for Kids” event for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Since 1993 she has co-chaired “Super Saturday,” an annual designer flea market/barbecue to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. In 2007, Karan established Urban Zen, a luxury lifestyle brand and foundation that addresses wellness, education and the preservation of cultures through their artisan communities, most notably in Haiti where she is now partnering with Parsons School of Design for vocational education. In July 2015, Donna Karan stepped down as chief designer of her signature line to focus full-time on Urban Zen’s retail and philanthropic efforts. The CFDA has honored Karan six times; in 2004 she received its Lifetime Achievement Award. Karan has a daughter, Gabby Karan DeFelice, two step-children Corey and Lisa Weiss, and a total of seven grandchildren.
Trudie Styler is an actress, film producer, director, human rights activist, environmentalist, organic farmer and UNICEF Ambassador. In 1989, Trudie and her husband Sting started the Rainforest Fund, an organization devoted to protecting rainforests and their indigenous peoples in South America, Africa and Asia, raising more than $30 million for the cause. Trudie produced award-winning documentaries and feature films through her company Xingu Films and is now a partner in New York-based production company Maven Pictures, whose first feature Girl Most Likely, starred Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening and Matt Dillon, closely followed by Filth, which starred James McAvoy and Black Nativity, which starred Forest Whitaker. Trudie has numerous stage credits in both the US and UK, including roles for the RSC. Recent film work includes her highly acclaimed performance in Living Proof and Paul Haggis’ The Next Three Days.
Trudie has made seven hugely popular mind-body fitness released by Gaiam. She is also an organic farmer and producer of highly acclaimed Italian wines under the Il Palagio label which are exported throughout Europe and the US.