Yoga fever has hit New York. Just a day after the Times Square Summer solstice yoga-thon, New Yorkers gathered on the Central Park Great Lawn for a record-setting yoga class. Over 10,000 participants practiced in the class, including fashion designer — and Tracy Anderson client — Donna Karan. The short class — due to rain it lasted less than 10 minutes — was led by Anusara yoga teacher Elena Brower, and is the largest ever registered yoga class to date.
Next Monday, this year's CFDA winners will be announced. Our votes are in, the heat is on. The journal to accompany this year's awards is the most evolved yet. Each nominee and honoree was snapped by lens star Sølve Sundsbø and styled by Lori Goldstein with the creative direction of Trey Laird, of Laird + Partners. "We liked the idea of pairing the designers with a reflection of their work and someone who represents their aesthetics," Laird explained. Alexander Wang opted to be photographed with six of his high school friends. Donna Karan was shot solo — Donna pure. As for Marc Jacobs, who missed out due to a scheduling conflict, his image was inspired by street casting for his Fall show: fur-clad models and black and white Marc faces make up an MJ menagerie. Click through for a sampling of the journal . . .
Let's continue our tribute to this year's Costume Institute Gala by honoring the epitome of American woman: Donna Karan. We spoke to the NYC designer at Neiman Marcus not too long ago — she had a lot to say, like, "If you can't sleep in it, then forget it." Besides being articulate and wildly zen, Donna is also super fashionable. In her 60s, she continues to keep up appearances, mainly dressing utilitarian with a chic edge. I'll let her work speak for itself . . .
>> Karlie Kloss was just in her hometown of St. Louis this past weekend, where she revealed that while she's on the catwalk, she can often hear front rowers' entire conversations. But yesterday, she was back on set in New York, shooting with Patrick Demarchelier and Anna Jagodzinska for Donna Karan's Fall 2010 campaign — which marks the brand's 25th anniversary — against a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.
Adding a little eye makeup may be the easiest way to brighten up your whole look and make your face more awake and expressive. This is the time of year when bright colors and bold lines are par for the course, but pretty and on-trend doesn't have to be hard. I've put together five absolutely stunning — not to mention totally easy — looks right off the runway. See what's hot, and find out how to do them yourself, too.
ABC Carpet & Home's New York flagship store has unveiled a new pop-up shop showcasing Donna Karan's Urban Zen collection of sleek, Bali-inspired furnishings. The line includes craftsman pieces made from reclaimed solid teak and cushions stuffed with fiber from a tropical kapok tree.
I'm generally not a huge "Zen-style" enthusiast, but I think the lines of these teak sofas are absolutely to die for. And if you had a big enough bedroom, the oversize platform canopy bed is truly showstopping. There are also a few really romantic root wood pieces that I love. Better yet, 10 percent of sales benefit Karan's Urban Zen Foundation, which works to preserve culture and empower children internationally.
Donna Karan on the collection:
The first time I went to Bali, I instantly and passionately fell in love. The furniture captured my heart — and my imagination. Here was style; strong, simple and authentic. The teak did the talking, the artisan hand did the sculpting. I met with local artisans and saw detailed modern proportions and the purest, most elemental, yet highly functional shapes.
If you're not in New York, you can check out the Urban Zen website, as well as a couple other stores across the country that retail the collection. Take a look at more photos of the shop below.
I rocked my votes and now the 2010 CFDA Fashion Award nominees are in. We have to wait until June 7 to learn the results, but without further ado, here they are: Donna Karan, Alexander Wang, and Marc Jacobs for Womenswear Designer of the Year. In the Menswear Designer of the Year category are Tom Ford, Michael Bastian, and David Neville and Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone. Fab favorite Alexis Bittar will be competing against Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Accessory Designer of the Year.
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>> At the CFDA meeting earlier today, the board voted overwhelmingly to re-elect Diane von Furstenberg for a third, two-year term as president of the organization. Von Furstenberg, whose term would have originally come to an end after this year, will now serve until Dec. 31, 2012: “[The board] unanimously asked me to stay another two years and I said yes. I am happy that they love me and I love them. There is so much more to do and we’re doing it.”
And this evening, von Furstenberg held a cocktail gathering for the 2010 CFDA Award nominations announcements at her studio. She noted that the awards ceremony on June 7 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall will host a special tribute for Alexander McQueen, and the Popular Vote category, which is open to public voting and which Ralph Lauren won last year, will be back again this year, with voting starting April 1.