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July 25 2014

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Video: When Gloria Met Diane

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“Sometimes people will see me on the street and say, ‘Hi Gloria!’ ” So revealed Diane von Furstenberg when we stole the designer and her good friend Gloria Vanderbilt away from last week’s book party for Gloria’s new erotic novella, Obsession, to have a little on-camera chat. On first glance, it seems laughable to those of us in the know that DVF might be mistaken for Vanderbilt. But if you stop to consider, the two women’s lives do have a mirrored quality that makes it a forgivable error for the casual observer. They are each responsible for an iconic (and sexy) piece of clothing that turned their aristocratic names into household brands and really resonated with a wide swath of women. And neither is shy about her long and interesting list of husbands and lovers. Curiously, they never became friends at Studio 54; it was only after Anderson Cooper, Gloria’s son and DVF’s hiking buddy, introduced them a couple of years ago. Although after their first lunch, it was “immediate intimacy,” as DVF puts it. Click here to see the pair in the designer’s glamorous Meatpacking District office discussing sex, friendship, and, of course, Gloria’s latest book.

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

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