Diane von Furstenberg is effusive in her praise for India. “You have the fabrics, colours and embroidery, which inspires so many people. It’s almost humbling to think that we foreign designers can come here and sell garments. You don’t need anything from us,” says the multi-millionaire designer of the iconic wrap dress.
One of the key speakers at the recently concluded HT Mint Luxury conference, Furstenberg reiterated her love for the national dress, drawing parallels to her own famous contribution to fashion. She adds, “The sari is like the wrap dress, it has a body language. You can be proper when you’re wearing it, going to drop your kids to school. Or you can be not so proper...”
She insists she’s never followed trends, because as a woman, she knows exactly what her clientele needs. Which begs the question: are female designers better than men at designing women’s wear? “I think so,” she says, adding, “Christian Lacroix (French couturier) once told me, ‘men design costumes, women design clothes.’ If you take a fabric like jersey, men don’t like it because it’s not particularly beautiful. But women know how comfortable it is. They can marry practicality with aesthetics.”
Having recently launched a successful jewellery line, Furstenberg emphasises the need for accessories in a woman’s wardrobe: “they’re like punctuation, a little comma to your ensemble.”
She puts the wrap dress on the top of the list, a statement endorsed by no less than the First Lady of the US.
A fitted pair of jeans for every occasion
A pair of high heels to make them feel sexy
A beautiful embroidered something, dress or top, depending on your style