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DvF: Fashion’s Fairy Princess


Camilla Morton’s new book Diane von Furstenberg and the Tale of the Empress’ New Clothes landed on our desk today, a holiday gift from von Furstenberg herself. And what a tale it is! Morton is well practiced at translating fashionable lives into fairy tales—she’s already done it with Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker and Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty—but von Furstenberg’s fairy story needs less fictionalizing than most. Consider the evidence:

The heroine’s royal pedigree: von Furstenberg is actually a princess, thanks to her previous marriage, to Prince Egon of Furstenberg.

The heroine’s trial and triumph: She did, as a young woman, consider and then reject a rival suitor: Fidel Castro. (“I didn’t,” she insisted at a talk this fall at the 92nd Street Y, “have an affair with him. I had this incredible idealistic image of him. And he was quite good looking. But after two days I must say I was very disappointed.”)

The happy ending: von Furstenberg has earned not only the keys to the kingdom—at least the kingdoms of New York and fashion, as the president of the CFDA and a friend of Mayor Michael Bloomberg—but also the crown jewels: She revealed at the 92nd Street Y talk that husband Barry Diller proposed with 26 diamond wedding bands—one for each year they weren’t married.

She also exhibits fairy-princess generosity: “Whenever a friend of mine is sad, I give her one,” she said.

Photo: Jenny Kawa/

Talking Fashion and Fairy Tales With Camilla Morton


Following the success of How to Walk in High Heels (2006), fashion writer—and Dior employeeÔCamilla Morton (pictured here with Gisele Bundchen) is back at it again with A Year in High Heels: A Girl’s Guide to Everything From Jane Austen to the A-List. “I’m so excited! It’s like having a second baby or something,” said the author at her book party at Diane von Furstenberg’s store last night. Designers DVF, Richard Chai, Thakoon Panichgul, and Brian Reyes came out to support the woman who has done the same for them. “Camilla always gave me such amazing reviews, so I’m here to give her a glowing review, too,” said Chai. “Whatever she does is pretty magical.” Morton’s new book includes advice on everything from “How to Go Green” (by Anya Hindmarch), “How to Handle a Bachelorette Party,” and “How to Wear Red,” with monthly muses including Frida Kahlo and Marilyn Monroe, and “Wish You Were Here” postcards from Gisele (L.A.), DVF (NYC), Erin O’Connor (Wales), and Manolo Blahnik (Istanbul), who also penned the foreword. So will there be a third book in the High Heels series? “This girl’s come to the end of her journey,” said Morton, who dedicated the paperback to the late Steven Robinson—John Galliano’s beloved, longtime assistant with whom she worked years ago. “But I have two nonfictions and one fiction under way, and a new series that will come out in 2010. It’s about fashion and fairy tales. With the economic situation, I think now we have to concentrate on happy ever-afters.”

Photo: Courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg