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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Stylish is one thing, but to be adored and incredibly successful in the fashion industry is a rarity.

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In an ever-so-stylish edition of Women To Watch, Trend Tracker® Tara Gilani met up with a fashion legend, designer Diane von Furstenberg.

At the DVF outpost in Aventura, Florida, legions of fans lined up to meet the style phenomenon.

Four decades ago, Diane von Furstenberg’s wrap dress became a worldwide sensation—an item that is still hot after so many years.

DVF’s empire includes chic boutiques, a reality TV show and beautiful books which feature true tales from a storybook life.

Gilani finds both books, “Journey of a Dress” and her memoir, “The Woman I wanted To Be,” written to honor her mother, mesmerizing.

“I am my mother’s vengeance,” said DVF. “She was a holocaust survivor, at age 22 she was in a Nazi concentration camp, she survived, and all of that and I realized that she taught me fear is not an option and never be a victim no matter what and so I really am the woman she wanted me to be.”

Watch Trend Tracker® Tara Gilani chat with Diane von Furstenberg

Who inspires von Furstenberg? Women.

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“My mother was the big one. Then there were women who were very influential in my life like Diana Vreeland, the editor in chief of Vogue at the time. First I empowered myself, then I empowered other women and that gives me so much joy.”

Like her famous frock, advice from DVF is also timeless.

“The one piece of advice is always the same thing. The most important relationship in life is the one you have with yourself.”

Gilani, noting von Furstenberg’s slim figure, tan, clear skin, sparkling eyes, asked DVF her beauty secret.

“I look terrible,” she laughed. “My secret? I just try to be healthy.”

Von Furstenberg told Gilani, from the heart, “I want peace. I wish for my children and grandchildren to always be well. I won’t be someone I’m not. I will live as long as I can.”

When asked when she is her absolute happiest, von Furstenberg answered, “When I hike and I get to the top. I love climbing.”

For more on Diane von Furstenberg, follow her on Twitter (@DVF), like her on Facebook (DVF), and visit her online:


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