In a new interview with HuffPost Live, style icon Donna Karan opened up about falling for husband Stephan Weiss — while married to another man.
The pair first fulfilled when Karen was 19 years old and engaged to Mark Karan, her ex-husband. The designer said their first session was nothing short of electric.
“It was a major snow storm in the city, and he walked into the room and I only went topsy turvy. I didn’t know what to do, I’d never experienced anything like it in my entire life, ” Karan said. “He was “the mens” of — I couldn’t say my dreams because I wasn’t dreaming about him; I loved Mark, Mark was great I was getting married to him, he was my best friend. And all of a sudden this human strolls in and there was an energy that I couldn’t even explain in my wildest dreams that took me away.”
Karan went on to marry Mark, and together they had a daughter. But she continued her relationship with Weiss while wedded, and she and Mark divorced in 1978.
“Mark was fantastic, he was a great spouse and a great father to Gaby, but what Stephan and I had running was something I can’t imagine that I’d ever have again in my entire life, ” Karan said.
She and Weiss, an artist and the co-founder of the Donna Karan company, tied the knot in 1983. Weiss died in 2001 at the age of 62.
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