C California Style

Diane von Furstenberg in her New York office.

A Woman in Full

by C California Style

“My image is who I am, and even if I don’t always love it, I am intrigued by it, and I find the changes interesting,”

writes Diane von Furstenberg in her newly released memoir The Woman I Wanted to Be (Simon & Schuster, $26). And while the designer, CFDA president and Forbes-decreed “most powerful woman in fashion” will always be synonymous with her body-con wrap dress—the timeless silhouette that catapulted the European princess–turned–American mogul to fame marks its 40th anniversary this year—she is nothing if not ever-evolving. This fall, von Furstenberg has an abundance of projects rolling out: Journey of a Dress (Rizzoli, $75), a coffee-table book companion to her recent retrospective at L.A.’s Wilshire May Company building, which pays homage to the brand with photographs by the likes of Helmut Newton and Annie Leibovitz, and artwork by Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente and Barbara Kruger; three new Southern California boutiques (Santa Monica Place, The Americana at Brand in Glendale and The Grove); and “House of DVF,” a reality TV series on E! premiering Nov. 2, in which eight hopefuls will compete to be DVF’s Global Brand Ambassador under the mentorship of—who else?—the master herself. dvf.com.

Edited by Heather Severs.
PHOTO: Thomas Whiteside.
Written by Melissa Goldstein.