Saturday, 29 December 2012

DVF: "Love is Life"

Diane Von Furstenberg is the latest inspiration for Camilla Morton's fashion fairy tale memoir series. The new book styles a feminine twist to the classic tale of 'The Emperor's New Clothes' as it draws parallels with the designer's incredible life.  

Diane Von Furstenberg and Andy Warhol
Diane Von Furstenberg and Andy Warhol

You can have a glimpse of her business acumen in "A Signature Life" but the woman who was painted by Andy Warhol and survived the unique and naive extravagance of Studio 54's era is much more than that. This certainly required self-control and the ability to leave the party when is still full.

"I think one thing we definitely had in common was that we were very much part of the Seventies. With that I still very much identify." Diane Von Furstenberg (referring to Warhol)

Diane Von Furstenberg
Diane Von Furstenberg

Let's not forget this decade comes after the peace & love movement, the spirit was of new beginnings, wild rebellion and celebration. But you would need a cool head and an inner strenght made of steel to be able not to be carried away by the contagious mindless living attitude.  

The celebrated Newsweek 1976 cover established her recognition as a woman who left the shadow of her husband name to make it her own. Dianne Von Furstenberg's iconic wrap dress captured the energising and pressing need of women's liberation and independence.  

"I think your clothes are absolutely smashing. I think the fabrics, the prints, the cut are great. This is what we need." Diana Vreeland (writing to DVF)  

Diane Von Furstenberg and the Tale of the empress's new clothes
Diane Von Furstenberg and the Tale of the empress's new clothes by Camilla Morton
Illustrations by DVF Studio

She continues to empower women to this day through her solidarity and is the embodiment of how to age gracefully by embracing wrinkles as "a map of life". Her extraordinary path captured the imagination of Camilla Morton, a London-based fashion writer.

"May Diane inspire you to find beauty in your own life, both inside and out. Whether you find beauty in fashion, love or fairy tales, may your spirit always be generous and may you always give back." Camilla Morton (book's acknowledgements)

The author's rose-tinted glasses and creative flair have transformed "Once Upon a Time" stories into clever adult reading. I asked @fashionlala a few questions about her latest book:
What do you love about Diane Von Furstenberg?
Her attitude and energy – she is the true embodiment of Girl Power! She is an amazing woman and puts 500% into everything she does. Diane is the driving force of her brand as she is a woman who believes in women.

What is the most surprising thing about her?
Diane is a go getter – problems become challenges she conquers. She can achieve whatever she sets her mind to and is inspiring to be around.

Diane Von Furstenberg and the Tale of the empress's new clothes by Camilla Morton
Book cover

She must have incredible insights about fashion after being involved with
it for so long. Is there any particular statement that has resonated with
Diane’s clothes are about making you feel good as well as stay on trend – I think this is key to her success. Diane is about being bold and unafraid of who you are and in this economic environment I think that is very empowering.

You have already written about some of the most renowned fashion
designers. Do they have something in common? How do you choose who to write about?
I chose designers that I loved and that had inspired my career. I was able to
collaborate with mentors and icons to bring to life their story as I saw it. It is a wonderful series to work on and have more designers and surprises in mind!

Diane Von Furstenberg Spring/Summer 2013
Diane Von Furstenberg Spring/Summer 2013
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