07/01/2013 09:31 am ET Updated Jul 01, 2013

Diane Von Furstenberg Interview: Designer Talks Women And Power

Designer Diane von Furstenberg really believes in female power.

In a June 2013 Vogue interview she described herself as "a woman's woman," and expanded on this in an interview with Andrew Goldman for the New York Times magazine this week.

Von Furstenberg explained that she began designing because she wanted to be independent. She also shared her observations about women, made over the course of her career:

"The situation with women is very much on a pendulum. All I can tell you is that I’ve never met a woman who is not strong, but sometimes they don’t let it out. Then there’s a tragedy, and then all of a sudden that strength comes. My message is let the strength come out before the tragedy."

Seems like a great idea to us.