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A Conversation With the Iconic Diane von Furstenberg

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Diane von Furstenberg needs no introduction. She of the global empire built on the wrap dress, the glamorous jet-setting life, and the very personification of female empowerment.

Below, the designer, style icon and CFDA president talks about fearing nothing, having great legs and never underestimating women.

When I wake up... I reach for my iPad. I sleep with it.

Before I go to bed... I take a hot bath.

A well-dressed man/woman... should be confident.

Women should always... wear perfume.

Men should never... underestimate a woman.

The best thing that's been said about me... oh I don't know. People say I have great legs and that is always nice to hear.

The biggest misconception about me... I don't think there are many misconceptions. I have no skeletons and I'm very open, so what people see is what they get.

If I weren't doing what I'm doing today... I would love to be a director or a playwright. Fashion is storytelling in its own way, but I have always been drawn to other forms of it.

My legacy... my children, of course. And hopefully that I have empowered women. That I have made them feel confident and beautiful.

A great idea... is my Harper connect handbag! I am obsessed. It has a special pocket for your iPad. It is genius!

Botox is... not for me. I don't judge other people but my face shows that I have lived. Why would I want to change that?

My mother... was a Holocaust survivor who taught me that fear is not an option. I have never forgotten it. I have lived by it.

The soundtrack of my life... is classical music and I love opera. But I also love silence.

The future...is full of color!

Happiness...is knowing who you are and staying true to that.

There's a time and place for... indulgence. I think it is important to be disciplined with yourself, but you must have some little sins.

There is too much... hesitation. I say go for it!

In the end... you only regret the things you did not do.

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Looks from Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2012

Portrait of Diane von Furstenberg by Lorenzo Aguis and runway images courtesy of DVF.