There will be polls, predictions, reminiscing and remonstrations of 2010 but for me Fashion has played a big part of the year. Okay, I confess, it filled nearly my whole year. I went to 3 Fashion Weeks, saw so many fashion shows (both live and online live) that I have totally lost count. I, along with many other men and women, have a huge capacity and passion for Fashion. Deep down, I think it will save the world. The amazing designers that are inspired to create wearable art drive a gigantic invisible global economy. From the inspired minds of those said designers to the willing consumers that wear it (and spend a lot of money), there are millions of people behind the scenes who touch the industry gainfully. As I reflect back over this difficult year (for many) I see one person who has gone farther and touched more people in a way she didn’t have to. But she did. Many of the gifts of herself were given without fanfare, lauding or the press seeking that others would have sought. In her quiet way, she has gone around doing good all year. To her, I stand up, (with many others) and salute. The list of charitable work she has accomplished along with keeping tabs on her designs for the endless Fashion Seasons and Red Carpets is mind boggling. This was your year, Donna Karan. To me you are Fashion’s Woman of the Year.
This year Donna Karan redesigned her website and devoted a large portion of it to include a beautiful place for other inspiring women to share what is really important to them and the benefits they are contributing to mankind. From Uma Thurman to Inman to Meera Ghandi, the results are as amazing as the women she highlighted. She calls it:
A Foundation, Donna Karan started in 2007 to create, connect and collaborate to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being in patient advocacy, empowering children by giving them tools to thrive, and preserving cultures by celebrating craft to allow for sustainability. The foundation designs forums, partners with existing organizations and brings together experts to define solutions and implement action. Donna is quoted, “I have founded the Urban Zen initiative to create a working structure for advancing wellness, preserving culture and empowering children. These are causes that mean the world to me.” She wears necklaces hand made from Senegal by an artisan named Wanga. “When I love something, it becomes a part of me. Especially when it comes to what I wear,” Karan states on her website.
Complete with rides, raffles and unbelievable shopping, Super Saturday is an annual designer flea market/barbeque founded with the late Liz Tilberis in 1998 to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research fund. “ I started this thirteen years ago, with my friend Liz Tilberis, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, who had ovarian cancer,” Karan writes. “Super Saturday has since grown and now it’s a living tribute to Ms. Tilberis, as well as a way for the Hamptons community to help make a difference in the fight of this dreadful disease.”
|Donna Karan photo by Miami Olivia|