Donna Karan & Me!

Alisa and Donna Karan at SF Ballet Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show

Can you guess who I am talking to here in this photo? YES – It is me and Donna Karan! She is such an amazing woman and it was wonderful to get to talk to her last month in San Francisco. I first met Donna Karan at an event almost 20 years ago and I remember walking into the cocktail party in Las Vegas and noticed that there were only 2 people in the room wearing tennis shoes – me and Donna Karan. (At least mine were Paladiums I had picked up in Monaco…and I remember hers were white canvas sneakers that looked utterly perfect with her ensemble.)

Fast forward all these years and this time I actually got to speak with her about her incredibly talented late husband, Stephan Weiss, and the work she is doing to continue to share his artistic works. (He designed her very first perfume bottle if you remember…) We also talked at length about the phenomenal work she and her team are doing in Haiti. You may have noticed that her recent ad campaigns were all photographed on location in Haiti. Donna was wearing this fabulous dress for the occasion and the fabric was designed by Haitian artists and the incredibly cool black leather and wood jewelry she was wearing was also made in Haiti. And the white leather jacket on her shoulders was amazing too I might add. I mentioned my love of shopping for a good cause and she reminded me of the work she and her team are doing through her Urban Zen Foundation. Check out their website to learn more.

I wanted everything Donna was wearing and even more I wanted her passion, fearlessness and love of life. Donna Karan – the mom, the grandmother, the wife, the artist, the business tycoon, the philanthropist – she is an incredible inspiration to us all.

Donna Karan and girls at SF Ballet Saks fashion show

So here are me and the girls with gorgeous Donna in the middle. We are at the Ritz Carlton for the Donna Karan fashion show benefitting the San Francisco Ballet. The collection was amazing, the food delicious and it was great to be able to support such a wonderful cause as the ballet.

Huge thank you to Drew Altizer Photography for the great pics and to my friends Rhonda and Lillian for inviting me to join them for the lovely afternoon in the city.

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