Catching Up With Iconic Designer Diane Von Furstenberg

By David Syrek
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Interesting Q&A with Iconic designer Diane Von Furstenberg. Aside from creating one of the most iconic dresses of the 20th century, Von Furstenberg attributes at least some of her success to the relationships she has with women.

Chicago Tribune

Diane von Furstenberg is one of the rare designers who are truly household names, Most often associated with her iconic wrap dress, she’s been dressing women in her instantly recognizable style for over 40 years.

I caught up with the legendary designer at Neiman Marcus, while she was in town to meet clients, show her fall collection and have a chat with Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing.

Q: As chairman of the board of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, you’re on a serious mission to improve New York Fashion Week. You’ve even sent out personal letters encouraging designers to cast more diverse runway shows. How is that working out?

A: I do that every year, and I also remind the designers about the health of the girls because fashion has a responsibility. Beauty is heath, and it’s important that we respect diversity. That’s very important to me.

Q: The fashion industry is trying to make fashion shows more relevant to the consumer by making pieces available for immediate purchase. How do you see the “see-now, buy-now” experiments playing out?

A: I kind of brought up that whole issue. With the digital revolution and the influencers, there was a lot of enormous visibility for clothes that people could only get six months later. That’s why I brought up the issue. I felt that, especially small designers, don’t necessarily have to do these big shows and get all of this visibility too early.

Right now, everybody’s surfing the tsunami, and we’ll have to see where it all goes.

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