Donna Karan is writing her memoir
The wise words of Donna
Acquired by Ballantine Bantam Dell, an imprint of Random House, Donna Karen's new memoir is projected to be ready by next year.
"As I look back and reflect on my journey, I see how one chapter led to another, how something ended and something else began," Karan said. "I'm very excited to share my story.
"Our lives are guided by what happens to us, and we choose which roads to take," she expressed. "I was born into fashion. My father, a tailor, died, and that led me to Seventh Avenue. My mentor Anne Klein died, and I was named her successor – and at the same time, I became a mother. Ten years later, when I left Anne Klein, my husband Stephan [Weiss] and I launched Donna Karan and DKNY. Later, Stephan's illness and death led me to create Urban Zen."
Jennifer Tung, vice president, and editorial director of nonfiction at Ballantine, and Alina Cho, editor-at-large, will edit the stylish project, which is set to be unveiled by 2015.
"Donna Karan has had a singular influence on women and their evolving place in the world," said Ballantine Bantam Dell executive vice president and publisher Libby McGuire. "The story of her fashion career, interwoven with her emotional and inner journeys as a young woman, wife, mother, grandmother, spiritual seeker and now philanthropist, embodies the essence of creativity, authenticity and purpose."