After reading Donna Karan’s book I have a huge respect for what she has gone through in her life, what she has achieved in her career as a fashion designer, and how much and hard she had to work to become a successful fashion designer honoured by the CFDA six times.
But what relates to her book, I can’t understand why this book was named one of the best books of the year by Harper’s Bazaar probably because there are not that many quality books about fashion designers and about fashion in geral.
Although Donna shares in the book her lonely childhood, her four decades in the fashion industry, her two marriages, motherhood, and her interest in spirituality, all interesting facts mentioned in the book could be written on a few pages, definitely not on 320. Details about taking the company public on the New York Stock Exchange or selling her outstanding shares for about $643 million to the luxury group LVMH in 2001 you won’t almost find in the book. She just mentioned it shortly in one paragraph.
I got the feeling like she is talking about the same on and on in the book. It seems to me like most of the paragraphs are just copy-and-paste as she keeps talking about being announced the best designer by the CFDA, New York Times, Vogue, having dinner with Barbra Streisand or Demi Moore, flying to Europe to find some fabrics, or going to her spiritual mentors.
Should you buy?
I have already read many books from the fashion industry, but I have to say this one I would call the “waste of money” type of book. The content of the book can’t be compared for instance to books written by Dana Thomas (i will review her books in the next article as I love them). Her books Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano or Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster are the best books I have read so far about fashion industry.
If you are looking for some book to read before you fall in sleep and don’t want to be bother by any “heavy details”, then you will probably appreciate the book. Otherwise, don’t waste your money on it.
She was born in 1948 in New York. She attended Parsons School of Design and then took an internship at Anne Klein where she became the head designer in 1974 at age of 25. Later on she and her husband founded Donna Karan International, launching the Donna Karan New York collection in 1985, DKNY in 1989, and a beauty line in 1992. In 1996 she took her company to public on the New York Stock Exchange and sold her outstanding shares (and trademark) for around $643 million to the luxury group LVMH in 2001.. In 2004 she established Urban Zen, a luxury lifestyle brand and foundation that addresses wellness and education.The CFDA has honoured her six times .