When I think “dress” my thoughts immediately gravitate towards the iconic wrap dress that flatters seemingly every body type. So would I miss the event with the creator of the wrap dress available to meet and then see her Resort 2010 collection strut a runway? Of course not! Diane von Furstenberg was available at Neiman Marcus in downtown Chicago last Thursday, and the following picture features me speaking with the iconic designer herself. Not to sound like an over-exuberant child, but this celebrity meeting I will gossip about in awe and revery for the rest of my fashion days.
Fandom aside, the third floor of Neiman’s was packed with fashionistas, socialites and even wayward shoppers to hear what Furstenberg had to say regarding her inspiration towards her fashion designs and then to see what we would be seeing from her next season. Before the runway show began, the designer said that she was inspired by three things: women, nature and art – but above all women. She also cracked a joke saying that she was surprised that as she’s gotten older, her customers have gotten younger – and she added to this saying, “Looking back to when I was a woman at the beginning of my life, I now realize that a woman can be in the beginning all of her life.” Considering how long her wrap dress design has stuck around, she couldn’t be more accurate.
Furstenberg said that when she was younger, she didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life but she did know what she wanted to be; and that was independent. “I wanted to be in the driver seat,” she said. Fast forward to when she was 29 years old, and she was driving forward 25,000 dresses per week, which, as she accurately puts it, “a lot of dresses for a young girl.” Furstenberg also mentioned how fantastic it was that she has lived through seeing four generations of her same wrap dress, as she reissues its original twice a year. “To see that dress still live,” she said, “…I don’t think a dress has done that before.” I dare say she’s right.