Diane von Furstenberg: 'People no longer check me out'
Diane von Furstenberg misses people admiring her appearance.
The Belgian-born designer turns 70 in December (16) but still looks as glamorous as ever with her luscious brown locks and fabulous outfits. Despite being considered one of fashion's elite, with fans including Julia Roberts and Sienna Miller, Diane admits it's a struggle coping with getting older in the spotlight - especially in regards to her looks.
“I often feel like a loser," she sighed to WWD, recalling how people used to react to her when she was younger.
“People stop in the street and they look at you. They look at your legs and this and that. You are so used to all of that. Then (it happens) less and less. (Once) you’re always the youngest. Then you’re no longer the youngest and now, all of a sudden, you’re the oldest."
The fashionista tries her best not to get down about ageing though and uses her star status to lend valuable advice to others and be a good role model. For anyone else going through the same struggle, Diane urges them to embrace their years and by helping others, "you're cool again".
However when it comes to life experiences, the dress expert has no desire to turn back time
"You only regret the things you don’t do,” she smiled. “I’m so happy that my life started so quickly. I was of that generation that I wanted to have a man’s life in a woman’s body. I wanted to be able to say that I went to Los Angeles and I flirted with Ryan O’Neal and Warren Beatty on the same weekend.”
Diane certainly has her hands full as a designer, working on her eponymous label and acting as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America among other ventures. Luckily she has the help of designer Jonathan Saunders with her brand now, after he was named the new chief creative officer of DVF in May (16).