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Donna Karan's DIY stitching

Donna Karan's DIY stitching

Donna Karan relied on her sample room to stitch her up after giving birth to her daughter Gabby, as she had no time to stay in hospital.

The American designer is one of the biggest names in the industry, setting up her eponymous label in 1984 and selling it to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 2001. Earlier this year (15) she shocked the world of style when she announced her decision to step down as chief designer to focus on her Urban Zen company and foundation. Donna was hotly in demand even before her own empire and has remembered when staff desperately needed her help during her role as head designer at Anne Klein in 1974.

“(I told the doctor), don’t worry about the stitches, I have a sample room downstairs, they can take care of it," Donna laughed during a talk at the Central Park Conservancy’s Women’s Committee’s Fall Luncheon, recalling how she left hospital straight after welcoming her daughter.

The fashionista was discussing her new memoir, My Journey, at the event in New York on Monday (19Oct15). She has nothing but fond memories of her former boss Anne, who passed away from cancer just days after Donna's swift exit from hospital. It's a tragedy Donna has yet to get her head around due to being so busy at the time.

“That was the shock of my life,” she sighed. “People did not discuss disease in those days... The funeral was the next day, and the next day I had to open a collection.”

Donna's schedule has been jam packed as of late as she promotes her new book. Luckily she hasn't strayed too far from home, with the uptown area of the Big Apple holding a special place in her heart amid the chaos.

“It’s been quite a whirlwind, I don’t know what day it is, what time it is,” she grinned. “Central Park, for me, is my home, and there are so many memories I have in Central Park. I live over the park so I look at it every day. Gabby says to me ‘Mommy, mommy, mommy, you can never leave.’”

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