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“The Woman I Wanted to Be” by Diane Von Furstenberg

3.0 out of 4 stars.

“I love her designs but hate this book”

Diane von Furstenberg is one of the most influential designers of our time. She took the “wrap dress” style and turned it into a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants article of clothing, everyone woman looks amazing in it. For that, I am extremely happy she made it in the business. This “memoir” was hardly a tell all about her life but rather focusing on specific topics she wanted to divulge and mostly those were just details that made her sound fancy. This can include her relationships with lovers (lots of them), jet setting all over the world, and elite friends. At times I could feel myself rolling my eyes as I read. I wish there was more about how generous she is mentoring women, her philanthropic contributions, conquering cancer, and her upbringing with her mother (a concentration camp survivor). Yes, those were mentioned but just briefly in comparison to the more glamorous points of her timeline.

This is an example of one of those books where someone has the material to produce an incredible memoir but the editing was not to her credit. If I were her reading this I would feel privileged that I lived such a wonderful life to date but that I also wanted to give my readers more of the hardships. I needed more depth.

I will continue to buy her clothes because they are phenomenal but maybe she should find another outlet for her life lessons because they did not come across clear here.

P.S. The cover was less than appealing (of course a large photo of herself across it) so that is why I took the photo below of Sadie covering it 🙂


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