Donna Karan gets a surprise!

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I LOVED DONNA KARAN’S BOOK SIGNING! AND I LOVE HER BOOK!!

WHEN SHE FIRST STARTED HER OWN COLLECTION, I WORE HER CLOTHES ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY!!

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What fun I had going to the book signing of Donna Karan’s new memoir “My Journey” at our local bookstore Tecolote!  I was so surprised  she would be in Montecito!

I wore this coat!  Now the surprise part!

I bought this coat in 1973 at “Gene Burtons” in Pasadena.  It was an  “Anne Klein” coat.

Unbeknownst to me at the time;  Anne Klein had died recently, and the coat

was designed by Donna Karan, her assistant.

I was 26 years old;  and so was Donna Karan.

Here I was at this book signing in this coat that, by this time, I knew Donna had designed!

I was standing in line waiting for her to sign my book and she stood up to say

hello to the crowd.

She looked right at me;  did a double-take, and recognized this coat!!

She was so excited to see it;  and remarked to the crowd:

“Why do I have to keep designing?  I could just keep using my old designs!”

 

When I got to her, she said,  “You absolutely have made my day!!  I remember

that coat so well!!!  It looks perfect!!!”

Here is what she wrote in my copy!

It was quite a thrill!!!!

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IT SAYS,

“TO PENNY

MEMORIES

HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU LOOK IN A COAT I REMEMBER SO WELL

WISH WE COULD LOOK AS FRESH AFTER ALL THESE YEARS”

NO KIDDING! 42 YEARS!!

This is a perfect example of buying classic clothes and keeping them the rest of your life!

I told Donna that every time I wear this coat; I get many compliments!!

9 thoughts on “Donna Karan gets a surprise!

  1. Madeline
    Reply

    I love the coat, and I remember Gene Burton’s well. As a young woman living in Pasadena in the 70’s it was my “go to” store. It is wonderful that you still have that classic Anne Klein/Donna Karan coat. It just shows that good design is timeless.

  2. THE VINTAGE CONTESSA
    Reply

    LOVE THIS!!!!
    ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
    NOW< I think I need her book too………wonder if she is coming up NORTH!?DO you know?
    XO

    1. penelopebi@me.com
      Reply

      I HAVE NO IDEA! I WAS ASTONISHED TO HAVE HER IN MONTECITO! MADE MY YEAR!!!

  3. Mary vaughan
    Reply

    How fabulous!!!

  4. Heather in Arles
    Reply

    She is such an amazing woman! I have one of her jackets from the 80s. Now, a lot of clothing from that time period does NOT date well but I too get compliments every time that I wear her jacket. It is the only piece of hers that I have left – everything else I have worn out!

    Such a fun post. You look great together.

  5. P Gaye Tapp
    Reply

    You know YOU are MY fashion rock star. It’s just like the little stories my MUM told me (as bedtime stories) when I was small-dropping in a particular dress description etc. she had, always the most memorable of my bedtime stories! You must compile these many “fashion moments” into a book. It would sell sell sell! That coat does Rock, and such an amazing design, so perfect and of the moment. Maybe some day the MET will do a Donna Karan show as compared to the sculpture of Rome and Greece. I purchased a couple of her jackets in the early 90’s and they are still my go to jackets. thanks Penelope for your ever amazing stories! xxoo Gaye

    1. penelopebi@me.com
      Reply

      Oh my goodness! Thank you!!!

  6. Joni Webb
    Reply

    Penny, this is the BEST story EVER!!!!!!! I love this!!!! I love DK – and the coat does look fabulous. i’m thrilled she recognized it! She must have just loved that!
    GREAT STORY!! The best!

    Joni

    1. penelopebi@me.com
      Reply

      Thanks! It was such fun! She told me “You made my year!!”

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