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Diane von Furstenberg, designer

In the 25 years since Diane von Furstenberg first came into the public eye (who can forget her famous Newsweek cover?), she has been immortalized by Warhol, raised two children, married Barry Diller, written her memoirs, brought back the wrap dress, and created a style empire, with stores in New York, Miami, London, and now Paris. She is also a passionate amateur photographer with a thirst for travel. "Discovering Uzbekistan was the trip of my life," says the Belgian-born New Yorker. "Now I want to see Mongolia." Between trips, von Furstenberg lets us turn the focus back on her.

WHEREVER I G0, I BRING
My French vitamins prescribed by Dr. Durafares in Paris.

I COMMUNICATE BEST BY
E-mail.

THE TWO BEST HOTELS IN THE WORLD ARE
Claridge's in London and The Peninsula in Hong Kong.

MY CURRENT OBSESSION IS
Taking pictures, of everything, everywhere, with my Contax. I take excellent shots of children and nature, which I then turn into prints.

THE PHOTO I'D LOVE TO OWN IS
A portrait of Lee Miller by Man Ray. Or any photograph by Lee Miller herself. I love her sensibility.

I RECENTLY READ
Romain Gary's Promise at Dawn. I love books more than anything. Not having enough shelves is always a problem.

FOR SHOPPING IT'S
A vintage shop in London called Virginia. I love English women's wardrobes of the 1930s and '40s—extravagant and simple and superglamorous at the same time.

THESE DAYS I'M WEARING
Pieces from the line of jewelry that I just designed for H. Stern, and alligator heels from Christian Louboutin.

I COLLECT
Indian Mogul jewelry.

I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT
My IBM Thinkpad.

MY FAVORITE AIRPORT AMENITY IS
Punctuality.

ON A LONG PLANE RIDE, I'D LIKE TO SIT NEXT TO
Gabriel García Márquez.

I LOVE TO EAT
At Indian restaurants. I usually order lentils or okra. But for comfort food, it's soup, which I make myself at home.

THE FIRST PAPER OF THE DAY IS
Women's Wear Daily, then The New York Times. I also like National Geographic.

MY DESK IS COVERED IN
Photos, photos, photos—loose, not in frames.

WHEN I ARRIVE IN A NEW CITY
The first thing I do is get lost in the streets. Exploring the markets of Marrakech was incredible.

MY IDEA OF HELL IS
Confusion.

I'M AT MY BEST
When I am clear.