Event | An Evening With Diane von Furstenberg

August 24, 2012
Images from the @styleandpepper instagram feed… Follow me there!

Well, I had a pretty amazing night this past week, and several of you who saw snippets on instagram and twitter have asked for more details, so I’m here to dish! :)

 Love getting my hair blown out and will def be heading back to Wonderland soon! 

After receiving a few mysterious emails from the team at DVF and an actual puzzle piece clue in the mail, the bloggers involved got to kick off the night with some pampering and champagne at the adorable and ridiculously fun Wonderland Beauty Parlor in the Meatpacking District.

Felt a little like climbing the stairs up to Oz!

From there we were whisked away to the Diane von Furstenberg Headquarters, and were all so excited to be able to view the upcoming fall collection in DVF’s personal offices amidst the place where all of the action happens.  I was pre-occupied with ogling the gorgeous accessories (particularly this little number) and snapping pics of the stunning interiors, when I looked up to see Diane herself come breezing into the room.  I’m pretty sure my mouth dropped open immediately, and the entire room of a dozen chatty bloggers fell completely silent.

She then invited us to take a seat around her massive desk for a “little chat” and we listened intently as she talked about what makes her tick, where her priorities lie & how she gets that signature halo-like crown of hair that I’m so very envious of.

One of the things that struck me most about Diane was the generous and earnest encouragement she bestowed upon us, both as women and as entrepreneurs.  She asked for feedback from us several times, and I was touched by her genuine interest in each our sites and our outlook on the industry as a whole.

My favorite part was when she was kissing each of us goodbye, and I’m not even kidding you when I say that she gave me one of the best hugs I’ve ever received in my entire life.   If you know me in real life, you know I LOVE to hug, and I can only hope that a little smidgen of the strength and warmth that she radiates rubbed off on me each time she sweetly touched my arm or back.

Photo courtesy of BFA NYC

The night didn’t end there, though… After saying goodbye, we all slipped over to the roof of The Standard where the DVF team gave us beautiful gifts from the collection, and treated us to cocktails and delicious crepes on the rooftop.  The perfect end to a magical night spent with dear friends amidst a true legend.  I can still hardly believe that it even happened, and it was definitely one of those NYC evenings that I will never forget.

Another exciting little snippet I wanted to tell you is that YOU can be a part of the fun as well:  If you’d like to have a shot at winning a $1000 DVF gift card, you can enter the fun Instagram contest that ties in to our magical evening.  All you have to do is share your own “rendezvous-inspired” moments and use the hashtag #DVFNIGHTISYOUNG (contest ends October 12th).   Feel free to also tag me (@styleandpepper), because I’d love to see so them, as well!

Thanks for letting me share a little recap of the experience here with you, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with your own magical moments and lots of warm hugs. :)

XOXO – Jessie

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  • Reply Jess | the Jess Journals August 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    That is amazing! Looks like an amazing night! I hope one day I have an opportunity like that…:) Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Greetings from Texas! August 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    So jel! Looks like it was a surreal night! Happy for you!

  • Reply Sarah August 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I got way too excited just reading your recap of the night. Truly amazing!! And you looked SO pretty by the way. So glad you shared!

  • Reply charity victoria August 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    ohhhhh my goodness. tres jealous! Everything about this evening sounds straight out of a dream. Of all the designers, DVF would be one I would most love to meet–she is so inspiring and in tune with what makes a woman feel sexy and confident; and on top of that seems so genuine. Lucky lady, you! xo

  • Reply Anna (South Molton St Style) August 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Oh good grief I am so jealous. I love DVF – and you look gorgeous in the photos xxx

    South Molton St Style

  • Reply Hope August 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Jessie, this is absolutely amazing. A true dream come true. Congratulations, lady! I’m definitely going to check out that contest… ;)

  • Reply April August 24, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    This sounds like a dream. I’ve been a DVF fan for so many years. She’s amazing. Congrats on your fabulous evening :)


  • Reply Bettina August 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing, I was wondering what your instagram photos were all about. I love DVF, she’s an amazing inspring woman it’s so wonderful to hear the things I think of her are true.

  • Reply Nadja August 24, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I ❤ Diane, thanks for sharing, you looked beautiful & your smile is worth a million, so charmin!

  • Reply The Merchant Project August 24, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    insane! You are lucky to meet her – she is such an inspiration as you know.

  • Reply Girl and Closet August 24, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    What an amazing event to be a part of… and I absolutely love Diane Von Furstenberg such an inspiring lady!! Plus, you look so beautiful, yes to blow-outs, so great right?! xo

  • Reply Terri August 25, 2012 at 12:02 am

    What a wonderful opportunity! Will you be sharing her thoughts as well?

  • Reply Alice at Happiness at Mid Life August 25, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Wow! What an awesome opportunity to meet such a fashion icon.


  • Reply KShonk Designs August 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    So amazing and so excited for you!I scored my first DVF wrap dress this summer and am waiting for the weather to cool to wear it. You looked gorgeous btw;)


  • Reply The Fashionable ESQ August 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    there are no words for the envy I have right now! This is amazzzing! Congratulations on meeting the ultimate fashion icon.
    The Fashionable ESQ

  • Reply Santina August 26, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Sounds like a dream!

    And, I’m a hugger, too. I often warn people that I’m about to give them a creepy/just a little too long hug. ;) Hope you’re enjoying SF!

  • Reply Jenn Hattan August 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Love, love, love! So jealous you met Diane and the DVF team. I’ve always been a fan, but even more now after hearing this!
    Thanks for sharing!



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