Published On: Tue, Sep 9th, 2014

Diane von Furstenberg Celebrates 40 Years with Basic Black (and White)


Diane von Furstenberg celebrates 40 years with basic black (and white). Instead of color, the current collection experiments with contrasts in textures and materials from vintage lace to bold, modern designs.

The show will be at the smaller venue of Spring Studios rather than Lincoln Center. Naomi Campbell and fresh-faced supermodel Kendall will both strut down the runway to represent a leading fashion brand 40 years in the making.

She is best known for her iconic wrap dress, and Newsweek Magazine opted to have her on the cover in 1976 rather than Gerald Ford. The headline said, “The most marketable woman since Coco Chanel.”

Diane von Furstenberg married Prince Egon of Furstenberg, but the couple divorced in 1972. Her parents were Jewish; her father Leon (Lipa) was from Romania, and her mother, Liliane Nahmias, was in Auschwitz just 18 months before Diane was born. Diane von Furstenberg often quoted her mother as saying “fear is not an option.”

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