Donna Karan welcomed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Lucy Liu, and more of New York City’s tastemakers to help her open the new “Connecting the Dots” exhibition at her Urban Zen Center, which featured sculptures and drawings from her late husband, Stephan Weiss. “He connected the dots in life and art and this exhibition is a window into his world and passion,” Karan told guests. “It has been 11 years since he’s passed and he really is the inspiration for everything that I do.” With that inspiration in mind, the designer created the Stephen Weiss Apple Award, and bestowed this year’s honor to the Mayor himself. “Donna once said New York means the world, and I honestly couldn’t agree more,” he said. “Donna is the quintessential New Yorker. She is everything this city is and should be. Stephan was the quintessential New Yorker as well.” Turning to Karan, he added: “I may be the mayor of New York City, but you are the Queen of Seventh Avenue!” You can still experience the exhibition even if you’re not in New York—Karan created a corresponding book, Stephan Weiss: Connecting the Dots, on sale for $95 at assouline.com.
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