LAW SUIT: Esteban Cortazar has launched a lawsuit against Emanuel Ungaro, according to sources. As reported, Cortazar is parting ways with the Paris-based fashion house. Sources said Friday the designer’s lawyers plan to take legal action, but that the house is expected to settle. An Ungaro spokeswoman declined to comment.
DONNA KARAN, R.N.: Sandwiched between launching her resort collection and appearing at the LVMH Bike Challenge press conference Tuesday, Donna Karan found time to add another notch to her designer belt — an honorary nursing diploma from the Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing in New York. “It was truly an honor and it was very humbling. To speak to these brand-new 100 nurses, all you could see [on their faces] was love and compassion. It has enormous meaning to me,” said the newly minted “Nurse” Donna.
Karan, who already possesses an honorary doctorate from Parsons The New School for Design, addressed the new inductees into the nursing profession by recounting her own personal journey. She recalled how she produced the collection for Anne Klein, when Klein was losing her battle with breast cancer and Karan was in the throes of giving birth to Gabby, and her late husband Stephan’s valiant fight against lung cancer, as well as her numerous efforts through the Urban Zen Foundation to help cancer patients. “I started my day as a nurse and ended my day seeing ‘Nurse Jackie’ with Edie Falco. It’s brilliant,” said Karan, who proudly wore several hats that day, including her graduation cap.