My third day under the tents had to be one of the most rewarding days of my entire life. I guess for the past few days I've been trying to find ways to truly sum up my sentiments in a blog post. But words can't express how completely honored I was on that day, to be in the Theatre at Lincoln Centre for the Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2012 runway show. It was an absolute dream come true, and I'll explain why...
|My first DVF show - Spring 2001 (watched it on TV!)|
As an esteemed and respected woman of society, and an entrepreneur, I've always looked up to Diane von Furstenberg and I've been enchanted by her style and grace. Her ability to make clothing that makes women feel good about themselves is uncanny. I mean, after all, she's the original creator of the wrap dress! It doesn't get more feel-good than that. And her overall mantra of being well-rounded is something that has inspired me tremendously. Here are three life lessons anyone can learn from DVF:
In a time during the 70's when women's independence was a high priority, DVF stood out and made clothing that was not just beautiful but tailored for the working woman. She made clothing for the women who "had it all" - successful careers & families - but still wanted to be elegant & feminine. And as an aspiring entrepreneur, that's what I want one day. Everything DVF represents is about empowering people to be more than just the status quo. Now as the President of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers Association), she pushes important initiatives in the fashion industry like increasing diversity on the runway, discouraging unhealthy practices like anorexia, and keeping underage models out of the industry until they're mature enough to join.
Although DVF shows a different collection each season, she has a signature style and aesthetic that remains the same at its core. She has something that works well for her and she uses that to her advantage. When she struck gold with the wrap dress in the 70's, she could've stayed there. But she kept moving, she kept innovating. And season after season, women of all ages, shapes & sizes buy her pieces because they're timeless yet intriguing. With the fashion industry saturated, it's difficult for designers to make timeless clothing that's classic but still exciting. DVF manages to do that.
I truly believe that applies beyond fashion. You should be known for something. And although in different stages of life, we grow & adjust to new circumstances, the core of your being should never change.
3. You Can Have It All
Some people seem to believe that it's close to impossible unless you have 3 nannies and a 7 figure salary to have it all and be truly happy. I beg to differ. Aside from my own mother showing me that it's possible (with four kids, a bustling career, a husband & a great life), I've heard DVF talk about it as well. Though it's always important to take time out for yourself, it's not completely impossible to have success in multiple areas of your life. It takes skill, and prioritizing but if DVF can do it, so can we!
What about you guys? Is there anyone in the fashion industry who has inspired you? Soundoff below!