Jamie Beck
February 12, 2015

If there's one designer who embodies all that New York City stands for, it's Donna Karan (pictured above with daughter Gabby Karan De Felice). Her ability to channel the city's energy and attitude into not one, but two successful collections is how she can dream up both breathtaking red carpet creations and cool downtown street-chic pieces. With New York Fashion Week currently underway, we got up close and personal with the designer, and had her answer a quick survey of questions that delve into her new fall/winter 2015 collection (no spoilers, promise) and her personal life—that takes all of 10 seconds to read. We timed it.

What word describes your fall/winter 2015 collection? Character.

What are you listening to right now? I'm all ears as we're trying out show music.

Where did you go in preparation for your fall/winter 2015 collection? New York—our city fuels everything we do.

Take a moment and breathe in the beauty of New York City.

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The last drink I had was...a protein shake.

What job would you be doing if you were not a fashion designer? Two things I'm doing now: philanthropy and traveling the world.

Where would you go first in NYC if you were a tourist? I would either take a boat or helicopter ride around the city.

What is your favorite work of art? Anything my husband created.

What's the first thing you do in the morning? Practice yoga.

Who did you design your first piece for? Myself, for a school project in high school.

What's your favorite quote of all time? "Never say never."

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