I always record “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN every Sunday morning. I love his knowing take on current events and his enlightened worldview. Last Sunday he did a segment on Diane Von Furstenberg. She has an amazing story to tell that goes beyond just being a fashion icon and business woman extraordinaire. She is pushing her new book, The Woman I Wanted to Be.
When Diane and her first husband, Prince Egon Von Furstenberg, first arrived in New York it was obvious she had attitude and vision of what she wanted! Obviously it helped when Diana Vreeland, then editor-in-chief at Vogue, pushed her and helped with exposure. She built a world-wide fashion empire to be reckoned with, but there were ups as well as downs. When asked how she dealt with the downs she said, “First you accept it. OK this is reality. And then you deal with it. Something good will come out of it, even though it all started with something negative.”
Her mother told her, “Always look for the little bit of light, you know, go for the little bit of light and build around the light.”
This is Diane’s quote, but it could have been mine! I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Diane’s home is also her design studio and office. Her interiors are like her fashions; unique, colorful and full of passion!
For Diane Von Furstenberg, work is about hard work and discipline. “You have to have a good relationship with yourself.” The key is “being undelusional” and “Truth, truth is it. Truth is it.”
Shall I say it…."It’s a wrap."
***This is a wonderful video of Diane Von Furstenberg in her element of home and fashion.