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Diane von Furstenberg is looking for a successor

Who is the wrap-dress creator and design legend thinking about handing over her empire to?

By Andrea Tim | Published: 31 Oct 2014

DVF's successor
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Despite having a fashion empire to prove otherwise, Diane von Furstenberg has confessed that she "wasn't always the best business woman." However, that has not stopped her from making plans for her company after she retires.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, the designer said that she has begun considering the future of DVF, including electing her successor. Although she's not planning to step down as creative director anytime soon, she is considering having Michael Kerz, current artistic director of DVF, step in as designer.

"I keep telling him he could be my Christopher Bailey," she said. Christopher, who was Burberry's creative director, eventually became CEO of the British label.

Looking further into the future, Diane wants to keep the label in the family, and is planning for her 15-year-old granddaughter, Talita von Furstenberg, to take the helm. That's plenty of time to train and inspire the young Von Furstenberg, if she so wishes to fill her grandmother's shoes.

Related: Diane von Furstenberg's House of DVF
Related: Diane von Furstenberg stays as president of CFDA


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