Fashion Mogul Donna Karan Reveals Plans To Write Her Memoir

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American fashion mogul Donna Karan is putting her story into writing. The CFDA winner is now starting to work on her memoir, which was just acquired by Ballantine Bantam Dell, an imprint of Random House.

Karan has quite a story to tell — from her Woodmere, N.Y. upbringing to the time at Anne Klein, the launch of her own brand with Seven Easy Pieces, followed by DKNY and the sale to LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

“As I look back and reflect on my journey, I see how one chapter led to another, how something ended and something else began,” Karan said. “I’m very excited to share my story.”

“Our lives are guided by what happens to us, and we choose which roads to take,” she added. “I was born into fashion. My father, a tailor, died, and that led me to Seventh Avenue. My mentor Anne Klein died, and I was named her successor — and at the same time, I became a mother. Ten years later, when I left Anne Klein, my husband Stephan [Weiss] and I launched Donna Karan and DKNY. Later, Stephan’s illness and death led me to create Urban Zen.”

Women’s Wear Daily reports, “Jennifer Tung, vice president, editorial director of nonfiction at Ballantine, and Alina Cho, editor-at-large, will edit the project, which is projected to be ready next year.”

“Donna Karan has had a singular influence on women and their evolving place in the world,” said Ballantine Bantam Dell executive vice president and publisher Libby McGuire. “The story of her fashion career, interwoven with her emotional and inner journeys as a young woman, wife, mother, grandmother, spiritual seeker and now philanthropist, embodies the essence of creativity, authenticity and purpose.”

Photo Credit: Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Source: Women’s Wear Daily

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