“As I look back and reflect on my journey, I see how one chapter led to another, how something ended and something else began… I’m very excited to share my story,” Donna Karan told Women’s Wear Daily as she divulged that she’s starting to work on her memoir — and it has already been acquired by Ballantine Bantam Dell, an imprint of Random House.
Karan has a few stories to tell; not all of them necessarily sartorial.
“Our lives are guided by what happens to us, and we choose which roads to take,” she shared. “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.”
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.