When I started Donna Karan, people weren’t really accepting the idea of the working woman.
If it’s a regular day, I won’t wear any makeup, just leave my hair down and head out to the car.
I’m a nature bug.
I really feel that we need to scale back and get to what is important on so many levels.
I give Reiki, which is energy, but I don’t tell too many people that.
I always thought I should have been a better mother.
I’m truly, truly boring! I don’t change. If people know me, I have not changed.
I’m really quite simple.
I always thought what you wore underneath was as important as what you wear on top.
It used to be only yoga, but now I do Pilates as well; I feel like I need the balance.
You don’t have that much choice in your life, which is one of the big lessons I’ve learned. I was going to be a designer whether I wanted to be a designer or not.
To me, design and style should work toward making you look good and feel good without a lot of effort – so you can get on with the things that matter.
When I first started designing, all women were dressed like men, and I said, ‘Hey, guys, let’s be women, put the two together – it’s not either/or. Let’s celebrate our bodies. Our bodies are different.’
Business, numbers, negotiations, all that stuff I wouldn’t go near.
I truly believe that philanthropy and commerce can work together.