DIANE'S GRAND TOUR

Byline: Georgia Lee

I've gone from wunderkind to pioneer to tycoon to recluse to has-been and now to icon," said Diane Von Furstenberg. "If you wait long enough, you become an antique."
Still looking gorgeous after a day-long appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue in Atlanta, Von Furstenberg is nonetheless concerned about her appearance--withering makeup applied at 6:30 a.m., and a newly broken strap on her Manolo Blahnik shoes.
"It's not as easy as it used to be," she lamented, taking a moment to apply fresh makeup.
Von Furstenberg is reintroducing her signature wrap dresses from the Seventies. The silk knit dresses in two styles, mostly prints, sell for $190, and are carried exclusively by Saks.
Saks had to postpone the Atlanta date on Von Furstenberg's store tour after it sold out of dresses early on. More than 600 of the reincarnated styles had been snapped up in the first five appearances, in stores in San Francisco, Portland, Ore., St. Louis, Cleveland and the flagship in New York. The number eventually topped 5,000. Branches in Houston, Boston and Tyson's Corner, Va., were also on the tour schedule.
Von Furstenberg said she was surprised by the reception.
"Young, hip girls who've never worn them are jumping on them, but they look good on people like Joan Collins, too," she said. "It's amazing how they reveal a woman's sexuality and freedom. In the Seventies, we thought we discovered freedom."
Saks expanded distribution of the dresses to 50 doors in November.

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