April 21, 2021

Hillary Clinton, Nadja Swarovski Honored at Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation Gala

“Every time I come here I ask Donna why she doesn’t live here,” remarked Vera Wang of the rooftop garden oasis of Donna Karan’s New York Urban Zen Foundation headquarters. Friends and supporters of the philanthropic designer gathered Wednesday at her West Village retreat for the annual Stephan Weiss Apple Awards named after Karan’s late husband, who once used the airy space as his sculpture studio.
Guests including Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, Fern Mallis and Kenneth Cole mingled during the cocktail hour alongside strands of Swarovski crystal dripping like summertime icicles from a canopy of tree branches shading the early evening affair.
“I’m trying to be healthy so I added a splash of orange juice to my vodka,” added Wang with a laugh. The designer explained how Karan’s commitment to charitable endeavors increased in the wake of her husband’s death from lung cancer in 2001. “It was a very big love affair. Donna was such a creative force, but Stephan was a stabilizing influence. You need that yin and yang — I need one.”
“I live just behind here — you can see my house,” noted Helena Christensen, who nibbled a generous assortment of hors d’oeuvres before ducking out of the dinner to attend

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