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My luxury life: Diane von Furstenberg

The legendary designer, who is best known for her iconic wrap dress, is the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. A philanthropist known for her quick wit, Furstenberg’s creations have been worn by the likes of Michelle Obama and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Belgium-born designer Diane von Furstenberg. Terry Richardson / DVF Archive
Belgium-born designer Diane von Furstenberg. Terry Richardson / DVF Archive

If you could wake up anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you be?

At home in Connecticut with a full day ahead to daydream, plan and find clarity – that is the most important thing.

You’re sitting down to the perfect meal. Where are you, whom are you with and what are you eating?

On a boat with my family and close friends; fresh fish from wherever we are, and delicious salads made by my talented chef, Jane.

What is your definition of good style?

Confidence. Knowing who you are and who you want to be, and staying true to that.

What’s the best piece of fashion advice you have ever received?

From my mother: fear is not an option.

Where do you go to shop?

I go downstairs to our DVF Meatpacking shop or I like to shop online at Amazon and 1stdibs.com.

If you could dress any woman in the world, who would it be?

I am inspired by all women, really, but if you are looking for a celebrity, I would say Marion Cotillard.

What is your biggest failing?

I try to focus on the positive, so even my mistakes and failures have become lessons.

What does your dream home look like?

My own home, Cloudwalk. I bought it for myself as a 27th birthday present. It is home to me and my family.

What is your favourite item in your wardrobe right now?

My Secret Agent handbag. It is a sleek tote by day and a sexy clutch for after dark.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

Always a Woman!

Are you a collector? If so, what do you collect?

I have collected art since my 20s. My spring 2016 collection is called Fortuna, and it is inspired by a beautiful Pre-Raphaelite painting of the Goddess of Luck – the first painting I bought.

What is your favourite way to relax?

Hiking or sailing with my family.

What is your favourite city in the world?

New York … it has so much energy and there is always a sense that anything can happen.

What is your next holiday destination?

The west coast of Scotland.

What are your top three travel essentials?

iPad, sunglasses and a dress that doesn’t wrinkle.

What are your go-to beauty products?

Tracie Martyn firming serum, Natura Bissé The Cure, YSL Touche Éclat and mascara, and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.

What is the best book you have read?

Anything by Stefan Zweig.

What, in your opinion, is the most overrated luxury?

Comfort. I like to be outside of my comfort zone and to explore.

If you could offer your 20-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Be true to yourself and go for it!

sdenman@thenational.ae

Updated: October 8, 2015 04:00 AM

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