Diane von Furstenberg in SF

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DVF (pointing), with Vanessa Getty, Andre Leon Talley and Kathryn Lasater at Saks.
(Katy Raddatz for SF Chronicle.)

He said she’s not a designer. She said he’s a “good draper.” (Meoooww!)

Things may be getting tense at Diane von Furstenberg.

While visiting San Francisco last week, the designer reacted to an unflattering comment that appeared in a recent issue of The New Yorker.

It seems that Nathan Jenden, who is creative director of von Furstenberg’s collection, told the magazine that Diane “isn’t really a designer”, and doesn’t “interfere” with him too much. He said that although Diane attends fittings and makes suggestions, she really just functions as his muse.

That was very upsetting that he said that,” said Diane, when the SF Chronicle asked her about the article. “I am a designer. Fifteen or 20 years ago I might have been shy about saying that, but now I say, yes, I am a designer. Nathan is a very good draper. He drapes really, really well. I set up the mood, the theme of the collections and the prints.”

Imagine dissing your boss in print, and then going back to work the next day? Talk about chutzpah!

Click the photo below to see the Sylvia Rubin’s report of von Furstenberg’s visit to Saks Fifth Avenue.