Is this a wrap for the DVF, bounce-back queen of fashion?

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Is this a wrap for the DVF, bounce-back queen of fashion?

Designer Diane von Furstenberg is laying off staff and closing shops. We look at the highs and lows of her life

Jane Mulkerrins

As bywords for jet-set glamour go, they don’t come much more dazzling than Diane von Furstenberg. The Belgian-born designer, 73, has lived at the crossroads of royalty, art and politics since she descended on New York in 1972 with her first husband, German Prince Egon von Furstenberg, throwing parties in their Park Avenue apartment and frequenting Studio 54 with Andy Warhol.

In 1974, at a Manhattan fashion show, she debuted a pioneering garment: a dress that combined a wrap top with a skater skirt. By 1976, she had sold five million and in the decades since her wrap dress has become an icon, beloved of the Duchess of Cambridge and a mainstay of millions of middle-class working women’s wardrobes for decades.

Now it looks as if the DVF brand could be the latest Covid-19 casualty, with news that 75% of its 400 staff are being laid off and 18 of its 19 shops are closing. E-commerce, the brand says, is where its future lies...

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