Wish you could get inside the head of some of the most creative people in fashion? Well, Vera Wang, Betsey Johnson, Zac Posen, and Ralph Lauren are giving you the next best thing. The just-released book, The Pursuit of Style: Advice & Musings From America's Top Fashion Designers, culls the advice of more than 400 members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. And it's not just about fashion, though there are plenty of great tidbits in there (one notable reveals his favorite place to shop is Duane Reade). The book also features insights on career, love, and life.
CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg wrote the foreword and contributed her own words of wisdom throughout the book, and we thought we might solicit her advice on just a few more things.
POPSUGAR: If you could take advice from just one person in this book, who would it be?
Diane von Furstenberg: The members of the CFDA are like my children . . . It is impossible to choose between them!
PS: Who have you advised over the years that you are most proud of?
DVF: I am so proud of all of the designers I've worked with and of young, aspiring designers with a vision and a desire.
PS: What's the best piece of advice you've ever gotten?
DVF: Fear is not an option, from my mother.
PS: Aside from this one, of course, do you ever read advice books?
DVF: I read autobiographies constantly. You can learn so much from the experience of others.
Read on for a selection of some of our favorite designer musings — and lust-worthy Bil Donovan-created illustrations — from the new book.