Donna’s Journal


I’m feeling a lot in the wake of Hurricane Sandy: a sense of urgency and a knowing that we can do something to help and, also, a sadness for the widespread loss. But, I have to say that most of all, I am feeling hopeful.

Much of my week has been spent in conversations talking with others about how much we can give, how creative we can be and how much we truly desire to be a part of the solution. I’ve felt in myself a renewed commitment to create the change that is so needed in this world today. I think, to some degree, we all feel this.

Every day this week felt important… from seeing how hard people fought to get to the voting booths on election day, to the truly inspiring meeting I had with my colleagues in the CFDA discussing how we can be a part of the relief efforts, to spending time with my friend Jacqueline Novogratz and her amazing team at the Acumen Fund’s annual gala held at the Urban Zen Center. We’re living in the midst of a pivotal moment in history and I am excited to see what comes out of this new creativity and commitment to change.

Of course, even in the midst of disaster relief, work, play, family, friendships and life continue to move along. Before heading to LA this weekend to support and celebrate Barbra in the final performance of her Back to Brooklyn tour, I had a fantastic experience doing a shoot in my home with People Magazine for a spread about Stephan, his art and our love. It will be on newsstands soon, so keep an eye out for it!

And now, I am en route to London for an exciting trip that will embrace all facets of my life – Donna Karan, DKNY, Urban Zen and Connecting the Dots. More on that next week…