Remember that Nineties’ Donna Karan ad campaign imagining the first woman president? “That’s how it will be,” the designer predicted Tuesday night. “Hillary [Clinton] will be elected. I hope I have the honor of dressing President Clinton again — and Hillary,” she explained as applause broke out.
The designer was in Washington, D.C., to give a talk sponsored by Smithsonian Associates moderated by The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan. She asked Karan if she followed what the candidates are wearing on the trail.
“I engage myself so much [more] in what is being said,” Karan said, but added that “I think Hillary looks great right now.”
As Karan documents in her memoir “My Journey,” her relationship with the Clinton family dates back decades, when the President-elect called asking for an inaugural tuxedo. (The two disagreed about what size suit he wore.)
The so-called “cold-shoulder” dress she designed for Hillary’s first state dinner in 1993 wasn’t as on target, however. “I got killed in the press for having a dress with cutout shoulders,” Karan recalled. “Now you see it all over the place.”
Since stepping down as head of Donna Karan International last year, she’s been focusing on her philanthropic work, or “not just dressing people, but addressing them.”
But social media is still tricky for her.
“Technology scares me. I don’t do Facebook. I don’t know how. I’m impressed that I was able to figure out Instagram.”