Market Watch: Donna Karan's Urban Zen


Donna Karan presented her Spring 2011 Urban Zen collection today, and it was, in fact, zenlike. The line was inspired by Elements in Motion, or how we dress when we travel. Comfort is key, and when wearing these pieces, you can saunter onto your plane and be at ease.

The surroundings alone made it worth going this morning—the open space was filled with Urban Zen furnishings: beautiful wood tables and a patio that I could live on come summer. What a wonderful way to kick off a Friday.

Back to the clothes, which were dreamy. The draped dresses, flowing tops, and layered cardigans and jackets had an effortless chic to them.

"Don't you just want to wear them right now?" Donna asked. And truthfully? I did.

The linen jersey, suede, and leathers were all luxuriously soft—just the thing you want to slip on for summer.

Prices start at $325 and items are in stores now (no waiting for seasonal shifts!). More summery items will roll-out in a couple of months. The best part is that 10 percent of net sales go to the Urban Zen Foundation, which promotes well-being and empowerment.

To that end, the foundation has created an Integrative Therapy Program, which combines Eastern healing modalities within a Western medical setting, and they've joined forces with Beth Israel Medical Center in New York to help with patient care.

I always love when shopping and fashion coincide with a good social cause, and improving health care helps us all.

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