Donna Karan’s crowd was out in full force Monday night to mark the publication of her memoir, “My Journey.”
Anna Wintour and Pierre-Yves Roussel, chairman and chief executive officer of the fashion group at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, threw Karan a party at Tutto Il Giorno in TriBeCa, the restaurant owned by her daughter Gabby Karan De Felice and her husband Gianpaolo De Felice. Karan has another book party scheduled at Urban Zen Wednesday night for more friends and family.
Calvin Klein, Tory Burch, Reed Krakoff, Lisa Perry, Linda Fargo, Gilles Mendel, Iman, Prabal Gurung, Andrew Rosen, Daniella Vitale, Tomio Taki, Andy Cohen, Sandra Brant, Linda Wells, Cindi Leive, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne were among the guests.
“Donna’s story is so compelling. I’m looking forward to reading her book,” said Chow of Public School who, along with Osborne, has taken over the design reins of DKNY, and were nestled in a corner of the restaurant chatting with Wintour.
Although the film rights to the book haven’t been sold yet, guests were asked who could play Karan in a potential screenplay. “Rachel Weisz,” was Wintour’s suggestion. “Emma Thompson,” offered up Peter Speliopoulos.
It’s a busy month for Karan, whose media tour includes appearances on “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “Dr. Oz,” Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live,” NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” and hopefully “Charlie Rose.”
“We hope it’s a New York Times bestseller. We wouldn’t have bought it otherwise,” said Alina Cho, editor at large at Random House, who also has a conversation slated with Karan at the Metropolitan Museum of Art — it’s a private Friends of The Costume Institute event — on Oct. 20.
In his remarks to the crowd, Roussel said what he found so moving in Karan’s book was how it reflected her passionate, determined, loyal and “generous to a fault” personality. He said Karan wrote in her book, “I can’t wait to see how my life unfolds.” “Neither can we, Donna,” he said.
“Each and every one of you have such an important place in my heart,” Karan said. She said they had been a part of her career from the beginning to the end, and then quickly changed that to “the last chapter.” Karan said saying goodbye to her name had been really difficult, “but someone is calling to take a road to a different journey.” She gave special shout-outs to Wintour, Patti Cohen, Kathleen Boyes (with whom she wrote the book and has recorded the audio edition), Taki, who gave her her start in Donna Karan, and Roussel.
Ever the Jewish mother, Karan said, “I’d love you all to have dinner, but we’re not set up for dinner. Come back.”