Remember that bit in The City when Whitter’s is having a ‘Job or Jay?’ crisis moment at the Diane Von Furstenberg party? Hands up if, like us, you so wanted to be in Whitney’s shoes when DVF herself takes her aside for a motherly pep talk about staying true to yourself, being strong and whatnot? Amazing. And we’re having another jealously pang along those ‘Diane is our hero’ lines after finding out the lady herself spoke at OxfordUniversity’s Oxford Union debating society last week. Talking about her ups and downs in the fashion industry, including her QVC stint (“The whole thing was very tacky”), she told students about how the recession had affected her business, how The City “was good for business but not my favourite show” and about her mission to “empower women. It’s through fashion that I found my freedom, that I found my confidence and that I found my financial independence”. Seriously, could we love her any more?
DVF is a busy lady at the moment. She was in Moscow last month for the start of the exhibition ‘Journey of a Dress’ – an homage to the designer’s 35-year career in fashion curated by her good friend (and our ‘we wish he was our best friend’) Andre Leon Talley. She’s also current CFDA President and launching the new DVF eyewear collection this month. The range of sunglasses is being plugged with an advert featuring a fashionista in a yellow NY cab wearing some tres chic glasses. As she hops in the back, the driver then turns around to complement the shades. And who is the lady behind the wheel? Why, it’s Diane herself! Oh, forget a ballerina or an astronaut, can't we just be DVF when we grow up please? [WWD]
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