A Love Letter to Diane Von Furstenberg

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Creator of the wrap dress, former princess, and president of the CFDA, Diane Von Furstenburg is above all an inspiration. Here are my sappy, wonderful feelings about her.

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House of DVF is an interesting show. Yes, it is a competition where one girl is selected to be a brand ambassador for the namesake company, and to be sure 70 percent of the show is footage of catfights, name-calling, and gossip amongst the candidates. Some of their backgrounds are humble, others glossed with resumes with Michael Kors on it. But I’m not watching the show to find out who will ultimately be chosen to represent the brand. It’s because Diane Von Furstenberg is running the show with an inspiring dose of optimism and no-nonsense authority, and that’s something every woman wants to do.

Diane Von Furstenberg’s glass is always full – it never even gets close to the halfway point. Her Instagram is a collection of nature shots, of bright, shining colors and tons of exclamation points. On House of DVF, you see her office covered in photographs of people, light shining into every room, and fabrics so candy colored you could eat them off the shelf. There is no grandiose cash prize, magazine covers, or year supply of mineral water attached to the win, and even if there was, it wouldn’t be the reason I tune in on Sunday nights. I watch to be inspired, to see how she runs her business, how she coaches the candidates on life, and pulls from her vast knowledge of life experience to lift the spirits of girls she barely knows but completely believes in. She is happy, always. And she’s always busy running her empire, creating beautiful clothes for women who hate wearing colors normally reserved for primers and bland hotel rooms.  Her clothes have been worn by countless celebrities, but more importantly, by women who identify with the DVF woman. And who is that woman? She loves life and looks forward to it every day.

Diane Von Furstenberg as a brand is refreshing and ever-changing, bright, spirited, and polished. It’s a welcome departure from the unattainable, luxurious glass ceiling that fashion used to be. In Paris, couturiers like Balenciaga, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton are rooted in history, in being the first to introduce FAH-shun as an unattainable demonstration of the highest artistic achievement, reserved for only those who can afford it. DVF wasn’t the first American brand to make fashion affordable, but man did she make it look good.  You can’t go out dancing in a Chanel tweed suit set, but you can in a DVF wrap dress.

Diane on The Colbert Report – Nov. 11, 2014

DVF Portrait working in studio, 1976 By Bert GlinnDVF in her studio, 1978

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dvf-40th-anniversary-fashion-styleDVF’s 40th Anniversary Collection

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