Diane von Furstenberg is not someone you say “no” to.
This is something the president of Lincoln Center, Reynold Levy, learned the first time he had lunch with the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
“When we sat down, she offered, ‘white or red?’” he recounted, at the party Tuesday evening celebrating fashion’s new home at Lincoln Center at von Furstenberg’s studio in the Meatpacking District.
“I said no and she countered, ‘Everyone in Europe, no matter what their class, has wine with lunch.’ Yes, I said, but not everyone in Europe is at their office at 6 am and then have to attend the opera that night. She agreed and said ‘white or red?’”
The event also welcomed Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, someone DVF calls “tough” and views it as a compliment, and as Lincoln Center’s new fashion director, will work closely with IMG’s Peter Levy and Fern Mallis, the CFDA and the designers.
“When there was that trouble at the White House in January,” von Furstenberg said, referring to the crashers at the first State Dinner, “I was thinking that it never would have happened if Stephanie was there.”
“In this industry you have to a little bit of toughness within yourself,” Winston Wolkoff explained. “There’s no reason to put too much edge on something unless it’s mandatory.” But, she added, “Watch out, here I come. There’s a lot to do … bringing fashion to Lincoln Center as a whole.”
“What’s fantastic about Stephanie is that she has so much experience not only in the world of fashion, but in the performing arts and from the Met,” praised her former boss, Vogue’s Anna Wintour, who added, she’s ready to leave Bryant Park. “I’m looking forward to it. I wish it was next week.”
Also looking forward to the move is Vera Wang, no stranger to Lincoln Center. “I went to the School of American Ballet, so I love the New York City Ballet. I think we’re doing something with ABT now,” she said. “I’m so involved in that artsy thing. And fashion now becomes one of those things.”
Also turning out to show their support were: Yigal Azrouël, Glenda Bailey, Dennis Basso, Tory Burch, Georgina Chapman, Kenneth Cole, Keren Craig, Jeff Halmos, Stan Herman, Tommy Hilfiger, Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Reed Krakoff, Nanette Lepore, Peter Levy, Fern Mallis, Gilles Mendel, Nicole Miller, Mike Ovitz, Thakoon Panichgul, Monique Pean, Narciso Rodriguez, Rachel Roy, Sam Shipley, Yeohlee Teng, Sophie Theallet, Harvey Weinstein and Joe Zee.