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July 12 2014

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Blasblog: DVF’s Family Ties

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Fashion schedules notwithstanding, Sunday night was, in fact, Valentine’s Day. And even with her fashion show the same day, Diane von Furstenberg was celebrating love as much as clothing, parading around her studio and fielding well-wishes and cards from huband Barry Diller, her grandchildren, and her various next of kin. “Tonight is all about family,” the DVF said. “But not just blood. My family goes beyond blood.”

She wasn’t kidding: Working the room of the second floor of her 14th Street store and studio, she played host to a whole slew of von Furstenberg royalists. As the designer pointed out, there was real family, like her son Alexander von Furstenberg and his children; fashion family, in the form of Ahn Duong, Hamish Bowles and Francesco Clemente; and “my baby,” as Diane von Furstenberg said, pointing toward recent CFDA inductee Phillip Crangi. “It can get very complicated,” said Coco Brandolini, who tried to explain her own heritage to von Furstenberg. Turns out Brancolini is second cousins with Alex, and also Lapo Elkann.

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

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