By  on July 31, 2007

NEW YORK - Leave it to Diane von Furstenberg to loosen up a crowd.

The Council of Fashion Designer of America, who, along with the CFDA board, hosted a party to welcome 30 new members to the council, had the fashion crowd in stitches in her welcoming remarks. Standing on a bench upholstered with her iconic signature print, she mused about the ups and downs of a fashion career, and how crucial it is for the CFDA to help designers. Along the way, she stumbled over a few retailer names.

"I am really bad with names," she said."I once introduced my daughter to Mrs. Clinton, and I said, Mrs. Carter."

The likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Peter Som, Charles Nolan, Yigal Azrouël, Dennis Basso, Gilles Mendel, Mary McFadden, Arnold Scaasi and Yeohlee Teng came to the DVF Studio to tip their hats off to the new members.

"I wanted to make this a very inclusive club," von Furstenberg said.

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