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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Yes, she came from a privileged background, and had many doors opened for her as a result, but definitely deserves all credit for what she made of those opportunities. She plays down the business side of herself, preferring to highlight the creative aspects of her personality, but underneath it all, she does seem to possess a sharp business sense and an intuition for how to best position and market her products. Also, the ability to constantly reinvent herself, and seek out new ideas comes through in the book. Her success story is inspiring.

On the negative side, there was too much name-dropping. Some parts were annoyingly elitist - I think she must have said at least half a dozen times in the book (or at least it seems that way) that her ex-husband was a prince whose bloodline descends from the roman empire (or some other empire, don't remember). Connections to royalty are mentioned in awestruck tones, which is grating on the nerve. There is also a lot of touting of her own achievements - admittedly the pride is well deserved, but some subtlety in talking about it would have been classier.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I'm not a follower of fashion or the society pages, but you don't have to be to love this book. It's a great business story, and a poignant look at an extraordinary woman's life. It has glamour, romance, sex, love, business triumphs and disappointments, motherhood, royalty, the Holocaust, cancer, literature, and more fresh starts than you can count. What a life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Diane Von Furstenburg writes her autobiography in a very friendly and accessible manner, despite quite an extraordinary story. Her story, while not always relatable due to her status as princess and her very famous friends (presidents, actors and directors, Andy Warhol, fellow designers, etc.), is still very inspiring for any women with big dreams. It was incredibly to read how she balanced - usually successfully (but not always) - personal life, her business, and her children. Her recollections of 1970s New York City were like a viewfinder into a raw world that defined much of our culture today - Studio 54, Andy Warhol, the beginnings of Rolling Stone Magazine... it's all there, written in a very intriguing and entertaining manner.
I loved reading this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Toyed with downloading this book for a while. Love DVF and her image of sophistication and strength. Though infeel like she glossed over many of the more emotional times in her life (as she said she would in the intro), this is a solid and quick read...a glimpse into the life of a woman who had it all and fought to keep it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm a huge fan of DvF...and I agree with all the reviews written about this book so far. It is indeed a fascinating story about making the most of what you're given and Diane was given very much. She parlayed different opportunities into very successful personal and business ventures. That being said, she does indulge a bit too much into the whole "my ex husband the prince" and the "my son and daughter are descended from Charlemagne" (or whatever it was) did get a bit thick, but I enjoyed this book thoroughly and recommend it to interested readers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Von Furstenberg has really opened-up to her public. She reveals much about the trials and tribulations of her past and present businesses, of being a princess and a socialite; an entrepreneur and a single-mother; and, all the while, a successful woman. She openly shares with her readers her feelings and insecurities, as well as her setbacks and triumphs. I think women around the globe can relate to, learn from, and find inspiration in her story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved this book and finished it in 2 days. Diane is real, honest and candid about her life and inspires women to be women!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
In this book, DVF reveals a little of herself, mainly her first years, and how she quickly became a fashion icon. It is a very elegant writing, as are her dresses and should please everybody aware of learning more about this fashion princess.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Diane gives us a facinating glimpse into her world of the fast lane of the 70s and the glamous life which she led. But a glimpse is all we really get and Diane spares us many details which she must have felt would offend the people still important in her life. Further, while she ostensibly takes responsibility for how her businesses went horribly wrong, we somehow get the feeling that everyone else was to blame. Hey, the next time you license your products to Sears, please take a step inside. You will see that it's not Saks! In sum, a fun read but it not a revealing biography or any kind of a business book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Diane lets us inside her very glamourous life. she takes us from the 60's to the 90's. her life is full of fashion, family, friends and love. i really enjoyed this book and have a new admiration for diane.
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