The Telegraph's Celia Walden interviewed Diane Von Furstenberg about her recently opened retrospective exhibit in Beijing, but naturally the conversation turned to other (perhaps more interesting?) topics. Like Von Furstenberg's legs, and whether they helped with her career. "I had good legs and I loved showing them off," said the designer, making an "impatient gesture" in the reporter's direction. "Yes, I used the aspects of being a woman to my advantage, but I worked for myself, not a big corporation, so I was lucky to have the freedom to behave however I liked."
Of course, there are more stories where that came from, and Von Furstenberg is not one to withhold. First off, she has more to say about her refusal to get plastic surgery after her skiing accident this past winter, which left her with several facial fractures:
"Six weeks ago, I had a terrible accident," she says, producing a photograph of herself with two black eyes and a swollen face, "and do you know what everybody said? 'This is a great opportunity for you to have a facelift.'" She shakes her head. "Any doubts I had about not having anything done evaporated, because all I wanted was to get my old face back. I don't want to be anyone else."
Speaking of individuality, or lack thereof:
"I can honestly say that I understand women very well," she tells me. "If you understand yourself, you understand women, because, in the end, all women are the same."
And lastly — because why not? — here's what she thinks about Kate Middleton:
"I've always found weddings sad for some reason, but of course I'll watch it on television. I think she should go for Alexander McQueen. But you know what? She reminds me more and more of Diana. Everything about her. I think she's there to avenge Diana's memory - that's clearly what William wants. Giving Kate his mother's ring was a great gesture, and I think that theirs will be a happy version of his parents' marriage. But he absolutely chose a woman who was like his mother - that was deliberate."
Diane von Furstenberg: interview [Telegraph UK]