Donna Karan was emotional as she took her runway bow. She was no doubt thinking about the 30 years that had brought her to this point, the ups and downs, about her late husband Stephan Weiss. She also thought about the stress of the past 24 hours during which a series of mishaps, horrible lighting test included, had her “freaking out.”

Karan should also have thought, “God, I just staged a beauty!” Indeed she had. For this career-and-life milestone, Karan was in full-on city mode, sensual, urbane, focused. “I was so clear in what I wanted to say,” she said after the show. “I wanted to show the strength of the woman. I wanted to show that after 30 years I think we stand for something that is absolutely, iconically Donna Karan. I wanted it to be a reflection of the past, and the present coming into the future. I wanted it to be about art, the city, the body, movement, the strength of tailoring, evening.”

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