Diane von Furstenberg’s wrap dress was inspired by the Statue of Liberty

Diane von Furstenberg took inspiration from the Statue of Liberty when designing her iconic wrap dress.The 72-year-old explores the history of the statue, which stands tall in New York Harbour, in upcoming HBO documentary Liberty: Mother of Exiles, and…

Diane von Furstenberg took inspiration from the Statue of Liberty when designing her iconic wrap dress.

The 72-year-old explores the history of the statue, which stands tall in New York Harbour, in upcoming HBO documentary Liberty: Mother of Exiles, and discusses her connection to the monument.

During the film, Diane confessed that Lady Liberty’s toga influenced her classic dress, which she debuted in 1974.

“You see the fabric and follow the movement of the draping of the dress,” she gushed. “It was built in Paris in 1884. I love her and she’s part of me and my family forever.”

In the documentary, co-directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the godmother of fashion sets out to discover how sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi’s creation ended up as a welcoming beacon in New York, and explores what she means to people around the world.

And Bailey revealed to WWD that the designer initially refused to be on camera, despite spearheading the project herself.

“Diane said, ‘I’m not going to be in the film,'” Fenton recalled. “She’s a princess. You’d imagine someone like that would have a lot of airs. She is what you see is what you get.”

A disgruntled Diane added: “I didn’t know any of this was going to be in the movie. It was a little too natural. I didn’t have any make-up.”

In addition, the fashion legend, who attended the Met Gala in May dressed as the Statue of Liberty, shared that makes an effort to take friends and family to see the monument.

“Last week, I took Madame Macron (First Lady of France) to see her. Every time I go, I get moved and take hundreds of pictures of her,” she smiled.

Liberty: Mother of Exiles will premiere on HBO on 17 October.

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Anna Wintour to share Vogue secrets in first-ever online class

Anna Wintour is set to give fashion fans never-before-seen access to Vogue’s secrets in her first-ever online class.The editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue has teamed up with online education company MasterClass, and in a series of videos, will cover everyth…

Anna Wintour is set to give fashion fans never-before-seen access to Vogue’s secrets in her first-ever online class.

The editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue has teamed up with online education company MasterClass, and in a series of videos, will cover everything from advice, up-and-coming designers, and the organisation of the 2019 Met Gala.

“I am asked so often by young students and young designers and people that I meet on my travels how I started in my career,” Wintour said in an interview with Good Morning America on Thursday. “It’s easy to become famous today. It isn’t always so easy to become successful.

“My strong advice is (to) work with a mentor, work with someone that you admire, and just take the time to do it right. Don’t rush.”

The 69-year-old journalist, who has spent 31 years in the editor’s chair at Vogue, credited her father Charles, who was editor of British newspaper the Evening Standard, for influencing her career path.

“I grew up with vacations being halted because we had to go back to London because there was breaking news, so it was always a sense of excitement and understanding that (was) driven by world events,” Wintour shared. “It was never any question in my mind that this was a world that I wanted to explore.”

Wintour joins the likes of Annie Leibovitz and designer Diane von Furstenberg in partnering with MasterClass. Those interested in learning more will have to pay $180 (£146) for a year-long subscription to the service.

“This is a class for those who want to understand my leadership style, and then understand the experiences that have helped me become an effective leader,” she said in a trailer for her course. “I have never had the opportunity to share the many lessons I have learned as an editor and a creative leader in one place before.”

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Christian Louboutin thanks ‘oracle’ Diane von Furstenberg as he accepts top fashion honour

Christian Louboutin thanked his “partner in crime” Diane von Furstenberg for her unwavering support as he accepted a top fashion honour from the Couture Council on Wednesday.The 56-year-old Frenchman was given the Couture Council Award for Artistry of …

Christian Louboutin thanked his “partner in crime” Diane von Furstenberg for her unwavering support as he accepted a top fashion honour from the Couture Council on Wednesday.

The 56-year-old Frenchman was given the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion, which recognises his contributions to the fashion industry, in a ceremony at the Lincoln Center in New York.

In his emotional speech, Louboutin reflected on his career and thanked his longtime friend for her efforts in kickstarting his now-iconic footwear brand.

“She’s my godmother, she’s my sister, she’s my travel companion, she’s my oracle, she’s my partner in every crime,” he shared. “She has always been a radiant of support, emotionally and professionally.”

He recalled how he had even sold his first pair of shoes in America from Furstenberg’s office as he started out in fashion, and wanted to share the prestigious award with his friend of more than thirty years.

“I owe her so much, but more than that, I love her so much,” Louboutin gushed. “To me, this award is also a celebration of love and friendship, so I would like to share this award with her, my oldest friend, Diane von Furstenberg.”

The designer was introduced to the stage by his friend, actress Priyanka Chopra, who wore a pair of white Louboutin slingback shoes in honour of the Frenchman.

“These iconic shoes that women around the world have worn make… each one of us real women, everyday woman when we wear these shoes, when we own our first pair, we achieve such a sense of achievement, a sense of pride,” Chopra said. “It gives you the little extra oomph that you need.”

During his speech, Louboutin recalled how he first met the Quantico actress at a film festival in Morocco before she met her now-husband Nick Jonas, and the duo later met up in India, “where they got to share lots of great nights and dirty stories”.

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Talita von Furstenberg doesn’t consider herself a royal

Talita von Furstenberg dislikes using her official title because she doesn’t consider herself a royal.The 20-year-old is the granddaughter of fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and German nobleman Prince Egon von Furstenberg but doesn’t want people…

Talita von Furstenberg dislikes using her official title because she doesn’t consider herself a royal.

The 20-year-old is the granddaughter of fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and German nobleman Prince Egon von Furstenberg but doesn’t want people to call her princess, and she avoids using the moniker entirely.

“I definitely would not consider myself a royal. It’s by blood, but it’s so far off, I don’t like to use my title,” she told Vogue.com.

Talita recently launched her debut collection for the Diane von Furstenberg label, TVF for DVF, which was inspired by her childhood holidays in The Bahamas.

“Harbour Island in The Bahamas is like my second home – I’ve been going since I was a baby, so every time I return it’s a big reunion with family and friends. The Dunmore Hotel is the cutest spot for lunch,” she shared.

The designer is also juggling her budding fashion career with her studies at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., where she is majoring in justice and peace studies. And as production on her second TVF for DVF collection begins in October, Talita is finding it harder to balance her responsibilities as her workload drastically increases.

“But it’s worth it,” she insisted. “I get to pursue my two main interests: fashion and social justice.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Talita shared her must-have beauty essentials, including a $12 (£10) miracle balm.

“Glossier’s Balm Dotcom in Coconut is really good. I never leave the house without lip balm,” she gushed. “I use Ouai hair products and everyone keeps complimenting me on the scent. Now, the brand has launched perfumes, too.”

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Diane von Furstenberg responds to criticism of newspaper print design

Diane von Furstenberg has hit back at criticism of a dress design featuring newspaper print.Representatives for the designer’s fashion brand recently posted an image of a model sporting the new Shia wrap dress on Instagram, with the number featuring a …

Diane von Furstenberg has hit back at criticism of a dress design featuring newspaper print.

Representatives for the designer’s fashion brand recently posted an image of a model sporting the new Shia wrap dress on Instagram, with the number featuring a collage of vintage press clippings.  

Later on, the team behind the Diet Prada account pointed out Furstenberg failed to credit other designers, such as Elsa Schiaparelli, for the concept, and accordingly, the 72-year-old had plenty to say on the matter.  

“Marisa Berenson has been my best friend since we were 18. Her grandmother was Elsa Schiaparelli and I was terrified to cross her in the hallway of her house where Marisa lived. Schiap had humour… except of course when her granddaughter did nude photos for Vogue!!!!” she wrote in the comments section of the post, before also referring to artists who used newspaper print in their work: “How about (Salvador) Dali and (Piero) Fornasetti? Newspaper print is like leopard print… timeless and so much fun!”  

The Shia wrap dress, which features pleating along the waist and oversized sleeves, is currently sold out on the company’s website.  

In the original post comparing Furstenberg’s outfit with some of Schiaparelli’s work, the moderators at Diet Prada also noted that John Galliano had used newspaper print during his time at Dior from 1996 until early 2011.  

“Hey @dvf … were you gonna mention the classic Elsa Schiaparelli concept behind your dress or nah? Schiap’s 1935 print was comprised of her own press clippings as well, although they were a little more timely then as opposed to DVF’s which date back to the ’70s,” they wrote. “Judging by the comments, DVF’s followers are more aware of Galliano’s year 2000 take on the print from his Dior collection inspired by the homeless people he saw around Paris, made famous of course by SJP/SATC (Sarah Jessica Parker in character as Carrie Bradshaw on TV show Sex and the City). We still stan a female fashion icon, although it would’ve been cool to see her acknowledge another woman who paved the way.”  

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Tom Ford wants to include international designers in CFDA Awards

Tom Ford would like to open the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards to include international talent during his stint as chairman. The American fashion designer, who succeeded Diane von Furstenberg as chairman of the organisation in J…

Tom Ford would like to open the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards to include international talent during his stint as chairman.

The American fashion designer, who succeeded Diane von Furstenberg as chairman of the organisation in June, hopes he can broaden the reach and appeal of the annual prizegiving ceremony by including international designers, but realises it may be a pipe dream as the CFDA board wouldn’t be taken with the idea.

“If you go to the British Fashion Awards, they give the British prizes, and then they give Best Womenswear, period. Guess what? People are interested,” he told U.S. Vogue magazine. “You’ve got LVMH (Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton) brands nominated, you’ve got Gucci nominated, and they all come, and it raises money, and they bring their celebrities and their models and the red carpet becomes bigger, and there are more pictures, and people start to care. By raising awareness of the CFDA, you elevate the global perception of American fashion.”

As part of the role, Ford, who created his eponymous luxury brand with menswear in 2005 and has since expanded into womenswear, underwear, accessories and beauty, has decided to streamline the upcoming New York Fashion Week (NYFW) schedule down to five days and will be hosting a dinner for American and international press as well as emerging designers to celebrate the event’s launch in September.

The 57-year-old also wants the talent in New York to be given more global coverage, with him commenting, “I want global exposure to the creativity that is in New York. Everything is too inward-looking in this country. So American star designers, they leave. Virgil Abloh, where is he? He’s at (Louis) Vuitton. You go to Paris and you become global. You stay in New York, and you’re in New York.”

Ford will present his own collection on 9 September.

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Chiara Ferragni documentary to debut at Venice Film Festival

Chiara Ferragni’s documentary is set to debut at the Venice Film Festival.The Italian fashion influencer and entrepreneur has been working on the project – titled Chiara Ferragni: Unposted – since last year, with the film to mark the 10th anniversary o…

Chiara Ferragni’s documentary is set to debut at the Venice Film Festival.

The Italian fashion influencer and entrepreneur has been working on the project – titled Chiara Ferragni: Unposted – since last year, with the film to mark the 10th anniversary of her popular blog, The Blonde Salad.

Ferragni’s documentary, which was directed by filmmaker Elisa Amoruso, will premiere at the prestigious film event on 4 September, and explores the private and professional life of the 32-year-old.

A bevy of famous faces are set to appear in the film – which began shooting in Sicily shortly after her wedding to rapper/producer Fedez last September – including Donatella Versace, Diane von Furstenberg, and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Ferragni shared the exciting news with her followers on Instagram and posted a snap of herself on the red carpet at last year’s Venice Film Festival.

“GUYS: I’m almost crying for happiness to announce that the docu-film about my life will be presented at the 2019 Venice film festival. Thank you @elisamoruso for directing this film and making my childhood dream come true. I couldn’t be more excited for you to see it!” the star gushed in the caption.

She also urged her 17 million online fans to follow her new account dedicated to the film, @chiaraferragniunposted.

Additionally, Amoruso shared her joy at the news and thanked the “magical” influencer for pitching the project.

“The meeting with Chiara was magical from the beginning and to tell who this truly exceptional woman is was for me an exciting, intense journey that taught me so much,” the 38-year-old director wrote.

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Ralph Lauren documentary in the works

The life and work of fashion icon Ralph Lauren is to be the subject of a new documentary.Lauren launched his career with a line of men’s ties in 1967, and the following year, developed his debut range of Polo menswear. The 79-year-old designer has sinc…

The life and work of fashion icon Ralph Lauren is to be the subject of a new documentary.

Lauren launched his career with a line of men’s ties in 1967, and the following year, developed his debut range of Polo menswear. The 79-year-old designer has since gone on to build up a reputation for his American sportswear and preppy classics, and on Tuesday, a spokesperson for U.S. network HBO announced that the Very Ralph documentary will be released on 12 November.

“For more than 50 years, he has celebrated the iconography of America and defined American style, translating his vision and inspiration into one of the world’s most widely recognised brands,” a representative said in a statement. “In Very Ralph, as he enters his sixth decade in business, Lauren reflects on his journey from a boy from The Bronx who didn’t know what a fashion designer was, to becoming the emblem of American style all around the world.”

Very Ralph will be directed and produced by Susan Lacy, the award-winning documentarian previously made HBO projects such as 2017’s Spielberg and 2018’s Jane Fonda in Five Acts.

The film will also contain archive footage, interviews with Lauren’s family, as well long-standing colleagues, including Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Jason Wu, Naomi Campbell, Martha Stewart, Calvin Klein, Tyson Beckford, Diane von Furstenberg, and Jessica Chastain.

“Offering unprecedented access to his life and work, Ralph Lauren speaks candidly in extensive interviews about his childhood, his five-decade-long marriage, the early days of his company, his response to criticism, his inventive multi-page ad campaigns and his pioneering vision which includes a remarkable series of firsts,” they added.

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Diane von Furstenberg: ‘I was always a feminist’

Diane von Furstenberg is adamant women can be feminists and still look feminine.The Belgium-born designer has long been a champion of women’s rights and was an advocate for a strict age-requirement for models on the runway during her tenure as presiden…

Diane von Furstenberg is adamant women can be feminists and still look feminine.

The Belgium-born designer has long been a champion of women’s rights and was an advocate for a strict age-requirement for models on the runway during her tenure as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

And now Diane, who is celebrating the 45th anniversary of her iconic DVF wrap dress, has insisted that she will always be a feminist.

“I always said to be a feminist doesn’t mean you have to look a truck driver,” she told Vogue.com. “Feminine and feminist is, I think, what I stand for.”

The fashion icon is stepping down from her post at the CFDA, with fellow designer Tom Ford replacing her – an appointment that she is very happy with.

“It’s been two years I’ve been looking for my replacement. I wanted to end nicely. I want an upgrade. Tom was the right one,” the 72-year-old said of the high-fashion designer and filmmaker. “I worked on him for a long, long time. I’m so excited it’s him. He’s a star, and he’s also very international. He’s going to be much stricter than I am, much more disciplined. It’s a perfect change.”

During her time at the CFDA, the philanthropist mentored the likes of Alexander Wang and Jennifer Meyer because she wanted to use her extensive knowledge of the industry to “change someone’s life”.

“There’s nothing more rewarding. You know, when you have a voice, when you are successful, when you have a lot of knowledge, you do have a magic wand. You can make so much difference with so little,” Diane commented, before sharing that she sends two emails as soon as she wakes up “that don’t benefit me”. “You introduce this person to that person, and you change somebody’s life. That’s what I want to do (for) the rest of my life.”

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Erin Heatherton files for bankruptcy

Former Victoria’s Secret Angel Erin Heatherton has filed for bankruptcy.The American model, real name Erin Heather Bubley, launched her fashion career in 2006 when she landed a runway gig with Diane von Furstenberg, and later went on to model for the U…

Former Victoria’s Secret Angel Erin Heatherton has filed for bankruptcy.

The American model, real name Erin Heather Bubley, launched her fashion career in 2006 when she landed a runway gig with Diane von Furstenberg, and later went on to model for the U.S. lingerie giant from 2008 until 2013.

However, Heatherton has faced a number of legal battles in recent years, including a lawsuit over a failed clothing line and another fight over unpaid legal bills, and according to editors at The Blast, she has now filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and is over $500,000 (£386,000) in debt.

Court documents obtained by the outlet claim Heatherton has approximately $6,465 (£4,994) in assets and $560,242 (£432,833) in liabilities. Much of the debt relates to credit cards she began using in 2010, the year before she began a high-profile relationship with actor Leonardo DiCaprio. The couple parted ways in October 2012 after spending nearly a year together.

Heatherton currently owes a total of $221,601 (£171,000) on three credit cards, and another $201,000 (£155,000) to City National Bank, $100,000 (£77,000) over one of her legal battles, and an estimated $41,000 (£31,000) in back taxes.

The bankruptcy case is ongoing. Heatherton has not yet commented on filing.

In 2017, the 30-year-old was hit with a lawsuit by her business partner Clare Byrne over their failed sportswear line RetroActive, with the stylist alleging that the model had abandoned the project.

Heatherton later counter-sued, demanding Byrne return her initial $25,000 (£19,000) investment, though in July 2018, the Illinois native was hit was another barrier when her lawyer Stephanie Adwar asked to drop her as a client because she reportedly “failed and refused to pay” her legal bills.

Adwar was allegedly owed $1,400 (£1,100), plus additional legal fees at the time, but Heatherton reportedly informed her that she couldn’t afford to pay the bill and planned to file for bankruptcy.

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