I travel light. I think the most important thing is to be in a good mood and enjoy life, wherever you are.
There’s design, and there’s art. Good design is total harmony. There’s no better designer than nature – if you look at a branch or a leaf, it’s perfect. It’s all function. Art is different. It’s about emotion. It’s about suffering and beauty – but mostly suffering!
When you get into a hotel room, you lock the door, and you know there is a secrecy, there is a luxury, there is fantasy. There is comfort. There is reassurance.
I wanted to be an independent woman, a woman who could pay for her bills, a woman who could run her own life – and I became that woman.
Eighteen months before I was born, my mother was in Auschwitz. She weighed 49 pounds. She always told me that God saved her so she could give me life. I was born out of nothing.
Clarity is the most important thing. I can compare clarity to pruning in gardening. You know, you need to be clear. If you are not clear, nothing is going to happen. You have to be clear. Then you have to be confident about your vision. And after that, you just have to put a lot of work in.
I get ideas about what’s essential when packing my suitcase.
Beauty is perfect in its imperfections, so you just have to go with the imperfections.
Simplicity and sexiness, that’s what people want. At a price that’s not outrageous.
Fashion is mysterious, as a rule. Why are blue jeans a classic? You just hit on something that happens to be timeless and right.
Go to a place where you’re not going to be stressed, because a honeymoon itself can be a stressful thing.
The most important relationship you have in life is the one you have with yourself. And then after that, I’d say once you have that, it may be hard work, but you can actually design your life.
Usually, the fairy tale ends with the girl marrying the prince. But mine started as soon as the marriage was over.
Animals come from nature. They were not designed. All my inspiration comes from nature, whether it’s an animal or the layout of bark or of a leaf. Sometimes my patterns are very bold, and you can barely see where they come from, but all the textures and all the prints come out of nature.
Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good.
The wrap dress is the most traditional form of dressing: It’s like a robe, it’s like a kimono, it’s like a toga. It doesn’t have buttons or zippers. What made it different was that it was jersey; therefore, it was close to the body and it was a print.
Attitude is everything.
If you’re a good person, the goodness will continue through your descendants.
Insecurity is a waste of time.
When you come to a hotel room, you want it to be grand, functional and beautiful. But you don’t want things that are not useful. Sometimes you go to hotels and there are all these frames and pictures of people you don’t know, and you end up hiding everything in the drawer, and then housekeeping come and put it out again.
I never knew what I wanted to do, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be.
I don’t like to talk about my dreams. I like to make them happen. I prefer to talk about them when they’re done.
When I was a little girl, if I didn’t eat my soup, my mother would say, ‘You have to think of all the Chinese children who have nothing to eat.’ But now, for my children, Chinese people make everything, and for my grandchildren, they buy everything.
I wanted to be an empowered woman, and I became an empowered woman. And now I want to empower every woman. And I do it through my clothes, I do it through my words, I do it through my money, I do it through everything.
Harbour Island in the Bahamas is beautiful, with turquoise water and pink sand.
The important thing is to take your time and not get stressed.
I was 26 when I invented the wrap dress. It was just a nothing little printed dress made out an jersey, and before I know it, I lived an American Dream making more than 25,000 dresses a week.
I used to be very insecure about my curly hair, because I lived in a country where everybody had blonde straight hair.
My clothes are great for a honeymoon: They’re light and sexy, colorful and pretty, and not expensive.
Just don’t go to a place where everything is too expensive… it’ll put your husband in a bad mood.
All women are the same, really: They are strong, but they are afraid of their own strength.
The older I get, the more impressed I am with women. I have yet to meet a woman who is not strong. They don’t exist.
I always wanted to be a femme fatale. Even when I was a young girl, I never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman.
I loved the seventies
I am not allowed to be afraid. My mother made me like that. As a child, if I was afraid of the dark, she would lock me in the closet. Things like this. And she would talk about the time she spent in the concentration camp, but not about being afraid, only about the good side of it.
The fashion industry has a responsibility to represent a healthy image of women, but to start weighing them and putting them against a wall and making them feel like animals? No.
I’ve always been inspired by women, and my mission was to inspire women. I always wanted to become a certain kind of woman, and I became that woman through fashion. It was a dialogue. I would see that the wrap dress made those women confident, and made them act with confidence.
I am almost a vegetarian, and I meditate, do yoga and love to hike.
I had arranged a birthday party for him and my children, who are all Aquarians. Instead, we got married. I ran out of excuses. It was just us and my children.
Do I believe in reincarnation? Well, let’s say that I believe in karma. I think you make your own karma. Diane von Furstenberg
I obviously don’t feel under pressure to look young, because I have had no Botox or surgery. I don’t judge people who choose to have it, but I don’t want to erase who I am.
The real story is that I am very free, that I’ve managed to be who I wanted to be without compromising.
I am a traveler. I am a nomad. I rarely sleep in the same bed more than three or four nights. And I know hotel life better than anyone.
I’m not the only one; most people’s mothers are the most influential person in their life. But my mother survived the camps, and she was very strong. She made me strong, but she wanted me to be strong. That’s more important.
I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but I knew the woman I wanted to become
Italy will always have the best food.
My favorite days are the ones where I deal only with my own team, design, marketing, working on the next accessories collection
Marriage was never a destination with me.