Last night I had an intimate conversation with Diane von Furstenberg. It felt that way as I watched “Shop the Hangout with Diane von Furstenberg,” a new online shopping experience with Google+, in partnership with The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). This was the first of what will be several future ‘Shop the Hangouts‘ with designers. Interviewed by Eva Chen, Editor-in-Chief of Lucky Magazine, the conversation became a global hangout as special guest, beauty expert and entrepreneur Michelle Phan and five women from around the world had questions for Diane. It was 40 minutes of pure magic. That’s because Diane von Furstenberg is wise and witty and wonderful. Here are some DVF thoughts, life advice and uplifting inspirations:
On the wrap dress: “A good thing is good forever … So many people have wrap stories … I decided that to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress we are collecting stories and photographs. I invite all of you who have a wrap story to send me a photograph with a story, the more personal the better, and you will be part of our wrap memory … If you want to tell a story go to DVFwrapstory.com and send us your picture, your story and you will be part of the history forever.”
On the secret to confidence: “The most important relationship in life is the one you have with yourself … You have to accept yourself and be your best friend and that will give you confidence. As a designer, that’s my role. I am supposed to help women feel more confident. That’s what DVF is about.”
On who is the DVF woman: “For me the DVF woman is any woman … My wish for women is: be the woman you want to be … Actually, I tell my two granddaughters: ‘before you go to sleep at night think of the woman you want to be because the more you imagine it, the more it will happen.'”
On glorifying the woman: “My clothes are very, very simple. And yet, there’s all the details of old-fashioned dress-making, the darts, the things that make your body look great.”
Advice for young minds and hearts: “I think that the most important thing is to have clarity, to be honest, to be true to yourself and to be fearless. I would say fear is not an option.” ~ Diane von Furstenberg
Shop the Hangout Series continues next with Rebecca Minkoff on October 10, at 12:00 pm Eastern, followed by Marcus Wainright and David Neville (rag & bone) on October 15, at 2:00 pm Eastern, and Rachel Zoe on October 29, at 1:30 pm Eastern.