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Diane von Furtstenberg believes her greatest achievement is giving women confidence

By Andrea Petrou on October 19th, 2011

Diane von Furtstenberg believes her greatest achievement is giving women confidence.

The 64-year-old designer – who is most famous for the wrap dress she designed in the 1970s, which enjoyed a revival over two decades later – is proud that people enjoy wearing her creations because they make them feel good about themselves, though she hopes she still has things to achieve.

She said: “I am against anything that objectifies women,

“My greatest achievement is that I have given confidence to women with my clothes.

“The word ‘accomplished’ makes you think with a full stop. I hope I am accomplishing!”

Diane believes that female designers make more appealing outfits because they are practical fashions, whereas she thinks her male counterparts prefer “costumes”.

She said: “Women design clothes for women to wear. Men design costumes.”

Diane admitted she felt “humiliated” when she was learned pregnant after getting engaged to Prince Egon of Furstenberg but was determined to forge a career and insisted on learning the basics of fashion before marrying at 23.

She told the Guardian newspaper: “I was working in a clothing factory in Italy when I discovered I was pregnant. I was humiliated, worried people would think I’d done it to get the ‘best catch in Europe’. So I said to my boss: ‘I’m getting married and moving to America, but before I go, can I learn how to make clothes?’ And I stayed after work with the patternmaker, and that’s how I got into fashion.”



Designers

Christian Louboutin says women wear heels for “seduction”

By Andrea Petrou on October 18th, 2011

Christian Louboutin believes women wear high heels because they are empowering.

The shoe designer – renowned for his use of a bright red under-sole on all of his footwear – says men and women have different attitudes to shoes, with the female sex wearing heels for “seduction” purposes.

He explained to the Sunday Times newspaper: “There is an element of seduction in shoes that doesn’t exist for men. Think about Marlene Dietrich crossing her legs – the whole attitude. The language starts with the shoe and radiates over the whole body. A woman can be sexy, charming, witty or shy with her shoes. Shoes for men are about elegance or wealth; they are not playing with the inner character.

“That’s why women are happy to wear painful shoes. For some a little discomfort is balanced by something else, which has to do with desire. You feel yourself, empower yourself, know yourself. You are aware of your body. This little act of discomfort pays off in lots of other ways.”

Christian has previously revealed he measures how good his shoes are by what they look like on a naked woman.

He said: “The ultimate must still look good when a woman is naked. The design that encapsulates my career is the Pigalle, a low-cut, high-heeled pump. It’s so subtle in that it adds something sexy to the body, but you don’t immediately know that it’s the shoe that is making the difference.”



Fashion News

Dannii shows off her pregnancy bump at the launch of her fashion line

By Andrea Petrou on April 28th, 2010

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Dannii Minogue has become one of our favourite style icons over the past few months.

She’s become the face of M&S starring alongside the likes of Twiggy, showed off her fashion flair on the X-Factor last year and also designed a range of clothing, Project D with her friend and designer Tabitha Somerset-Web.

Therefore we were hardly surprised when she rocked up at the launch of this fashion line at Selfridges looking stunning and showing off her gorgeous baby bump in a sparkling midnight blue asymmetric dress, which of course was from the new collection.

‘This one’s stretched sequin thankfully, so it goes over the bump!’ she said.

‘Being pregnant has completely opened my mind to having to try really different shapes and things I haven’t worn before. You’ve got to dress cleverly around it, but I’ve managed to get into my dresses without any alterations,’ she said.

And she’s continued to show her pregnancy style. The star was also spotted looking laid back and chic wearing a black dress and on-trend straw hat on a trip to Heathrow airport.

Will Dannii’s pregnancy style lead her to design a range of maternity clothing? Watch this space.

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