Diane von Furstenberg

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"The Woman I Wanted to Be" author Diane von Furstenberg discusses her life as a fashion designer and her reality show, "House of DVF." (6:45)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS A NEWREALITY SHOW CALLED

"HOUSE OF D.V.F."

TO SAVOR THE INTERVIEW, YOU WILLWANT TO RECORD IT ON YOUR

"BOX OF D.V.R."

PLEASE WELCOME DIANE VONFURSTENBERG!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)MADAME VON FURSTENBERG,

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEINGHERE!

LOVELY TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, BEINGSO ELEGANT AS ALWAYS.

>> I THOUGHT YOU WERE GONNA WEARA WRAP DRESS TODAY.

>> Stephen: A WRAP DRESS? JIMMY,LET'S PUT THAT UP. YOU ARE

KNOWN AMONG MANY THINGS FOR THEICONIC WRAP DRESS. 40 YEARS AGO

I WOULD LOVE TO BUT MYHIPS ARE SO UNFORGIVING.

>> IT'S ALL ABOUT THE WAIST.

YOU JUST WRAP IT AROUND AND AFEEL SEXY.

>> Stephen: WHY AREN'T YOUWEARING ONE THEN

>> WELL, BECAUSE I HAVE NO WAISTANYMORE.

>> Stephen: HOW DOES IT DOWITH A GUT?

THAT'S ME, NOT YOU, MADAM.

(LAUGHTER)OKAY, EVERYBODY KNOWS WHO YOU

ARE, FASHION DESIGNER,ENTREPRENEUR, THE ICONIC WRAP

DRESS.

YOU HAVE A NEW SHOW CALLED"HOUSE OF D.V.F." WHICH WE'LL

GET TO IN A MOMENT, BUT FIRSTYOU HAVE A BOOK CALLED "THE

WOMAN I WANTED TO BE." DIANE VONFURSTENBERG

YOU HAVE BEEN A PRINCESS, YOUHAVE BEEN A FASHION DESIGNER,

WHICH ARE THE TWO MOST POPULARBARBIES.

IS THERE ANY KIND OF WOMAN YOUWANTED TO BE BUT NEVER WERE?

>> NO, BECAUSE I THINK THE WOMANYOU WANT TO BE IS MANY DIFFERENT

WOMEN AT DIFFERENT TIMES, AND -->> Stephen: SOUNDS VAGUELY

SCHIZOPHRENIC.

>> NO, NO, IT'S JUST A MATTER OFLIVING YOUR FANTASY, DOING IT

NICE, SERIOUSLY, BUT DREAMINGABOUT WHO YOU WANT TO BE AND

BECOMING WHO YOU WANT TO BE.

I WAS LUCKY.

I CAME TO AMERICA AND LIVED THISBIG AMERICAN DREAM, BECOMING THE

WOMAN I WANTED TO BE.

>> Stephen: WHEN DID YOUBECOME HER?

>> WELL, EARLY.

>> Stephen: EARLY?

I WAS MAYBE 27, 28.

BUT THE GOOD THING IS THAT IBECAME THAT WOMAN WHILE I WAS --

I HAD COME UP WITH SOMETHINGTHAT WOULD MAKE OTHER WOMEN BE

THE WOMAN YOU WANT TO BE.

SO, YOU SEE, I BECAME CONFIDENTWHILE I WAS MAKING OTHER WOMEN

CONFIDENT.

>> Stephen: WERE YOU MAKINGOTHER WOMEN INTO THE WOMAN YOU

WANTED TO BE OR THEY WANTED TOBE?

>> NO!

>> Stephen: DOESN'T FASHION DOTHAT TO US? DOESN'T IT SAY

THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL BE WEARINGTHIS YEAR, DARLING?

>> NO, NO.

>> Stephen: GREEN IS OUT! IT'SALL CERULIUM THIS YEAR

NO, NO, NO.

ALL I DO IS I GIVE WOMEN THELITTLE TRICKS, THE LITTLE THINGS

THAT ARE GOING TO MAKE THEM LOOKSEXY AND FEEL EMPOWERED.

>> Stephen: WHY DON'T YOU DOTHAT FOR MEN?

DON'T WE DESERVE TO FEEL SEXYAND EMPOWERED AS WELL?

YOU'RE A FEMINIST ICON --(APPLAUSE)

AREN'T YOU BEING SEXIST AGAINSTMEN?

WHAT MAKES A MAN SEXY?

>> VIAGRA?

(LAUGHTER)(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

ANYWAY, THAT'S THE WORST THINGTHAT HAPPENED TO WOMEN IN THE

LAST TEN YEARS, YOU KNOW.

>> Stephen: VIAGRA?

WHY?

BECAUSE THERE'S NO POINT IN AMAN'S LIFE WHEN HE WILL GIVE IT

A REST?

>> YES, BECAUSE WE LOST OUR KINDOF EDGE.

BUT WE'RE NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUTTHAT.

>> Stephen: NO, WE'RE HERE TOTALK ABOUT DIANE VON

FURSTENBERG.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: WHAT DREW YOU TOFASHION AT AN EARLY AGE?

>> THE THING IS THAT I DID NOTKNOW WHAT I WANTED TO DO BUT I

KNEW THAT I WANTED TO BE -- WHOI WANTED TO BE.

I WANTED TO BE INDEPENDENT.

>> Stephen: YOU CAME FROMWEALTH, RIGHT?

AND YOU MARRIED ENORMOUS WEALTH.(LAUGHTER)

INDEPENDENCE WAS THE EASIERPART, WASN'T IT?

>> WELL BUT THAT'S WHY I DIDN'TWANT IT

YOU SEE, I BECAME INDEPENDENTON MY OWN WITH ONE LITTLE DRESS,

AND MY THING IN LIFE IS ONCE IEMPOWERED MYSELF IS TO EMPOWER

OTHERS.

MY TV SHOW, "HOUSE OF D.V.F.,"WE PREMIERED TWO WEEKS AGO,

SUNDAY, EVERY SUNDAY, THEY TOLDME TO TELL YOU THAT, EVERY

SUNDAY ON E AT 10:00(STEPHEN REPEATING)

>> AND IT'S THE STORY OF EIGHT,HOT, SEXY GIRLS --

>> Stephen: THAT'S A BOLDCHOICE IN FASHION.

GO AHEAD.

>> AND THEY COME INTO MY WORLDAND THEY LEARN EVERYTHING ABOUT

DESIGN AND MERCHANDISING ANDP.R. AND ONE WILL BECOME A

BRAND AMBASSADOR.>> Stephen: FOR DVF

I DON'T WANT ANY SPOILERS, BUTWHAT ARE THE ODDS

AT THE END OF THE SEASON YOUWIN?

(APPLAUSE)BECAUSE YOU'RE ALREADY AN

EXCELLENT BRAND AMBASSADOR FORD.V.F.

>> YES, BUT I'M GETTING OLD!

I CAN'T BE THE ONE, I NEEDFRESHNESS

>> Stephen: LET'S TALK ABOUTD.V.F.

HOW DOES ONE GET INTO THETHREE-INITIAL CLUB?

YOU GOT J.F.K., L.B.J., K.F.C.,D.V.F.

WHY NOT DIANE VON FURSTENBERG>> IT'S SO LONG!

>> Stephen: IT'S A LOVELY TRIPTHOUGH.

>> IT'S A LONG JOURNEY. IDON'T KNOW, I BECAME DVF. EVEN

MY CHILDREN CALL ME D.V.F.>> Stephen: REALLY?

YEAH. MY SON. NOT MY DAUGHTER.BUT ANYWAY THAT'S WHO I AM

>> Stephen: YOUR SON CALLS YOUD.V.F.? HE DOESN'T CALL

YOU MOMMY?>> WELL HE'S NOT A LITTLE THING

BUT STILL, IT'S A LITTLE COLD.

>> NO, NO, THERE'S NOTHING COLDABOUT MY SON.

>> Stephen: WELL THERE'S NOTHINGCOLD ABOUT YOU EITHER. A LOT OF

WOMEN SAY, OH, YOU MEN HAVE ITEASY, YOU WEAR SUITS, STUFF LIKE

THAT.

IF WOMEN DON'T HAVE THE DRESSUNIFORM FOR WORK THE WAY MEN ARE

TOLD THE WAY THEY DO FOR A SUIT,IF YOU COULD DESIGN THE THING

WOMEN WORE AS A WORK UNIFORM ASA SUIT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

>> CONFIDENCE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: THERE IT IS, DIANE

VON FURSTENBERG, LADIES.

SHE SAYS CONFIDENCE AND NOTHINGELSE.

(LAUGHTER)DIANE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)"THE WOMAN I WANTED TO BE,"

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK!