Diane von Furstenberg ‘totally surprised’ by Legion d’Honneur

Diane von Furstenberg is “totally surprised” to be receiving the prestigious Legion d’Honneur prize.The iconic fashion designer will be given the French order of merit at an official ceremony in Paris, France on 28 February.Von Furstenberg was selected…

Diane von Furstenberg is “totally surprised” to be receiving the prestigious Legion d’Honneur prize.

The iconic fashion designer will be given the French order of merit at an official ceremony in Paris, France on 28 February.

Von Furstenberg was selected for the honour in recognition of her work in supporting women’s organisations around the world and for raising funds for the new Statue of Liberty Museum in New York City.

“I was totally surprised when I received the letter from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs that announced to me that I was being given the Legion d’Honneur,” the 73-year-old told WWD. “It’s being given to me for my work and commitment to women as well as my work for the Statue of Liberty, who is a symbol of freedom and friendship between France and America.

“I am extremely honoured for this important recognition.”

Von Furstenberg will be presented with the prize by European Central Bank president, Christine Lagarde.

The Belgium-born designer serves as chair of the fundraising campaign for the Statue of Liberty Museum and is committed to empowering women through non-profit organisations such as Vital Voices.

She also fetes extraordinary women with her very own DVF Awards, which were founded in 2010.

Previous Legion d’Honneur recipients include Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, and Vera Wang, who was bestowed with the honour in 2017.

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Kathy Griffin wore first date dress to her wedding

Kathy Griffin gave a sweet nod to her first date with new husband Randy Bick on their wedding day.The 59-year-old tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend during a surprise New Year’s Eve ceremony, just minutes after she had announced their engagement…

Kathy Griffin gave a sweet nod to her first date with new husband Randy Bick on their wedding day.

The 59-year-old tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend during a surprise New Year’s Eve ceremony, just minutes after she had announced their engagement on social media.

Kathy donned a white, short-sleeved Diane Von Furstenberg gown for the nuptials – which were officiated by Lily Tomlin – and she later revealed that the dress was actually the same one she wore on the couple’s first date back in 2011.

“This was our first formal date in September 2011! We are in the back of a limo provided by the one only @GloriaEstefan because her team arranged for me to surprise her as a backup ‘dancer’ when she performed at the Alma awards!” she wrote on Twitter, alongside a nine-year-old photo of her wearing the dress sitting alongside Randy in the limo.

She then explained that she had asked her new husband to pick out his favourite of her long dresses for their wedding, and he chose the elegant number.

“He picked out this dress and showed me this photo. Romance is hotttt again (sic),” Kathy added.

Meanwhile, the couple has also decided to shun wearing traditional wedding rings to symbolise their commitment to one another, simply because they dislike wearing them.

“Neither one of us like wearing rings ever. So we will never wear rings. Deal with it,” she told People.

Kathy and Randy began dating in 2011 after meeting at a food and wine festival, and briefly broke up in November 2018, before reconciling a few months later.

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Valentino and Diane von Furstenberg pay tribute to designer Emanuel Ungaro

Valentino Garavani and Diane von Furstenberg have paid tribute to French designer Emanuel Ungaro following his death. The fashion star, who founded his eponymous couture house in 1965 and retired from it in 2004, died in Paris, France at the age of 86…

Valentino Garavani and Diane von Furstenberg have paid tribute to French designer Emanuel Ungaro following his death.

The fashion star, who founded his eponymous couture house in 1965 and retired from it in 2004, died in Paris, France at the age of 86 on Saturday. A number of his fellow designers subsequently paid tribute, with Garavani describing him as a “great and generous friend” to WWD.

“Always with a smile and with a kindness very rare in this fashion world. His colours, his draping and the fantasy he put in every dress, deserve a very important place in the history of fashion,” he praised.

Von Furstenberg told the publication Ungaro’s death was “a very sad thing” and added, “Ungaro reminds me of my youth…of happy, sexy printed dresses,” while Alber Elbaz said he “knew him, adored him and loved him”.

Milliner Stephen Jones paid tribute via Instagram by sharing a photo of one of their collaborations and writing in the caption, “So sad to hear of the passing of the magnificent #emanuelungaro @emanuelungaroparis. To work with him was extraordinary.”

Model Marisa Berenson shared a throwback image of Ungaro fitting her in a dress and described him as a “beautiful, refined and generous man”.

“He was one of the greatest designers of his generation and will go down in fashion history,” she continued. “Thank you dear Emanuel for having been the friend that you were, you are in my thoughts and in my heart.”

Ungaro, who was born in Aix-en-Provence, France, in 1933, got his start in fashion by working as an assistant to a Sicilian tailor. He then spent six years learning from legendary Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga before creating his own fashion house in Paris.

He quickly became a success with his feminine designs, colourful draping, and bold prints, with one of his first clients being former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Notable creative directors of the Emanuel Ungaro brand have included Giambattista Valli, Peter Dundas, Giles Deacon, and Fausto Puglisi.

Ungaro is survived by his wife, Laura, and a daughter, Cosima.

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Diane von Furstenberg collaborates with Onia on swimwear collection

Diane von Furstenberg has teamed up with luxury swimwear brand Onia for a new capsule collection which features her heritage prints from the 1970s.The 72-year-old has previously released swimwear collections via her own label, but this collaboration ma…

Diane von Furstenberg has teamed up with luxury swimwear brand Onia for a new capsule collection which features her heritage prints from the 1970s.

The 72-year-old has previously released swimwear collections via her own label, but this collaboration marks the first time she has worked on a swim line with an outside brand.

Von Furstenberg told WWD she was happy to partner with Onia “and merge our heritage, iconic prints with a modern brand,” before noting that the collaboration will extend into cover-ups and beachwear “as we lead into the height of vacation season” in 2020.

The 2019 resort line features eight styles, which all feature DVF prints on Onia’s signature bikini and one-pieces – including the tie-front Madeline bandeau and the Avery triangle top – with prices ranging from $95 (£72) to $225 (£171).

The capsule collection will also showcase a teal and baby blue reimagining of the label’s classic leopard print, which debuted on the iconic wrap dress back in the early 1970s, along with the classic twigs and lips print, which was influenced by Andy Warhol.

Nathan Romano, co-founder of Onia, said the collaboration began when the brands “connected organically” on Instagram, and confirmed that the partnership will continue “through 2020.”

“It’s been an amazing experience working with Diane and working on in-line prints, alongside some of their archive prints,” he shared.

Onia’s previous collaborations have included capsule lines with We Wore What founder Danielle Bernstein, Theory, Mr Porter, and Every Mother Counts.

The DVF x Onia collection is available now.

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Karlie Kloss cried when she saw her Christian Dior wedding dress

Karlie Kloss was overcome with emotion when she saw her Christian Dior wedding dress for the first time.The model has shared a special behind-the-scenes video looking back at the making of her custom gown to celebrate her first year of marriage with Jo…

Karlie Kloss was overcome with emotion when she saw her Christian Dior wedding dress for the first time.

The model has shared a special behind-the-scenes video looking back at the making of her custom gown to celebrate her first year of marriage with Joshua Kushner.

“364 days later, the making of my beautiful wedding dress youtube.com/klossy,” she wrote alongside a black-and-white snap of her dress on Instagram.

The long-sleeved, lace gown was designed by Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri – with input from Karlie herself – and took more than 700 hours of work to complete.

“When I was a little girl, obviously I always liked the idea of having a fairy tale wedding, but I never imagined I would have the chance,” the 27-year-old said in the video.

The footage shows the intricate process of the dress design, from the initial sketches she received to the first fitting in Paris and the final one in New York.

Karlie and her mother are visibly emotional when they see the gown for the first time in Paris, with the former Victoria’s Secret Angel openly weeping as she finally sees herself in the dress, which was made from delicate lace and had a long train and veil.

The blonde beauty wed Joshua on 18 October last year, and wore two gowns for the intimate celebrations which took place in Upstate New York.

Karlie also revealed that she wore flat shoes for her nuptials, because she wanted to “dance the night away, and I feel most happy in flats”.

Back in June, the couple threw a huge star-studded party in Wyoming to celebrate their marriage, with guests including Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Mila Kunis, Derek Blasberg, and Diane von Furstenberg.

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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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