“Many of the good things that have come into my life have happened by fate or by accident,” says Diane von Furstenberg. Through the years, the 73-year-old fashion designer has collected talismans of all kinds. Some she’s found on her travels for her brand — which has grown, since her iconic 1974 silk jersey wrap dress was introduced, to include 85 stores on four continents — others were given to her by friends or family. “Their power is in the energy of the person who gives them to you, or the place where they came from,” says von Furstenberg, who was born and raised in Belgium. The designer’s company bears the surname of her first husband, the German prince Egon von Furstenberg, with whom she had two children: a son, Alexander, and daughter, Tatiana. Her granddaughter Talita now designs TVF, the brand’s more youthful line, which launched last April. This month, the DVF Awards — von Furstenberg’s initiative to support female philanthropists — presented a $50,000 grant to four honorees working to better the lives of other women.
Illustrations by Aurore de la Morinerie
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