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On the Road to Recovery: As Donna's Knee Mends, So Does DKNY

Donna Karan, who is recovering from a broken knee, is also experiencing a recovery in her DKNY business, which she shows today.

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The accident also made her want to get a dog to keep her company when she is stuck in bed all day and serve as an extra blanket when it gets particularly cold.

“My friend gave me two dachshunds to be with me, to put on my belly and warm my knee,” she said. “I said, ‘they’re a little small, that looks like an accessory, not like a dog.’”

So Karan took a trip to a pet store and got herself a brown chocolate lab. “I call him Steph, like Stephan [Weiss, her late husband],” she said. “But in my condition, it wouldn’t be too cool to have three puppies. The two Dachshunds are back with my friend in Sun Valley waiting for me. I thought it would be cool to name the two Cash and Mere because you wear them around you.”

Karan said she is on such a speedy recovery that she has plans to go to a yoga retreat in  Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos next month, and she wants to travel a lot more in the near future. She has plans to go to St. Barth, Africa, Fiji and Australia.

“I am trying to figure out everything I can do if I can’t ski,” she said. “I love deep sea diving because it really is another world, and it’s very inspirational for resort.”

For now, she has a more immediate challenge to sort out — how to take her bow at the finale of her Collection runway show on Friday.

“I am a little uncomfortable going out there like this; I have to probably be in a wheelchair,” she said. “Maybe I won’t come out, maybe I will just peek at the end of the show. I don’t know. There’s no question I can’t go on my crutches backstage. I have to be very centered and very controlled to walk on crutches so that nobody can hit me. But with those crowds, I am a little nervous.”
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