5 Questions for Diane von Fürstenberg
Founder of Diane von Fürstenberg
You’ve collaborated on designs for other industries in the past—what drew you to Kravet? Can you tell us about your fabric collection?
I have admired Kravet fabrics for so long that when I went to design my own collection it was really a natural partnership. It is my first collection of fabrics and trimmings and there are 87 prints, and some custom trimmings as well. The inspiration ranged from my own life and my homes to sunsets in Rajasthan, India, so it is a very eclectic mix with a strong foundation in black and white.
How do your high-fashion designs and the DvF brand translate to your Kravet collection?
The color, the print, the joie de vivre—it all translates beautifully. It is all about mixing print and color for a style that feels very much your own. The DvF brand is print and color, and these fabrics are absolutely a strong reflection of that.
How is designing clothing collections different from designing a textile collection?
It is not all that different, really. I design to empower women to be the best version of themselves, to be the woman they want to be, whether it is at home, on a chaise lounge surrounded by beautifully covered pillows, reading a book, or walking down the street in one of my dresses. It is all about empowering a woman to make something her own.
What is your favorite hotel?
I have always loved Claridge’s in London and was lucky enough to design a few suites for them. But I always tell people that New York is such an amazing city for hotels. The Carlyle is one of my favorites.
What can’t you travel without?
When I travel, which is all of the time, I can’t live without my iPad, my sunglasses, and my camera.