Until hours before last night’s lavish amfAR Gala at Cipriani Wall Street, the glam and star-studded Fashion Week kickoff that happens just hours before the models and their gawkers descend upon Lincoln Center, it was unclear whether or not Diane von Furstenberg, the night’s honoree, would make her appearance.
The reason? The queen of the wrap dress was still recovering from a broken nose she suffered in late January.
Luckily, she found a way to not let a slight blemish hamper her night – she brought with her a large heart-shaped fan.
“I’m hiding myself because I had a ski accident!” von Furstenberg told The Observer, peeking her eyes above one crest of the makeshift mask.
We told her she looked great, and she smiled.
“I’m very proud, and very humbled by them,” she said, referring to the President Bill Clinton and Elizabeth Taylor, who were also honored. (Ms. Taylor couldn’t make it, but Elton John, who presented the award, noted that she’s “here in spirit.”)
IAC chair Barry Diller presented the award to von Furstenberg later that evening, ignoring any of the rumors of marital tension that have dogged them over the course of their relationship.
“We’ve been together for ten years,” he said proudly. “My little earth mother wife.”
A couple at our table muffled their laughter.
Diller also took it upon himself to describe the skiing accident in Aspen.
“Her face had blown up like Quasimodo!” he said. “’Oh no,’ she said. ‘The cheekbones! My best feature!”
Then, after Diane von Furstenberg ascended to the podium under Cipriani’s cascading marble columns, beneath endless buttresses that run to the impossibly high ceiling, she acknowledged the applause and slowly set the fan down from her face.
“I brought this to hide,” she said. “But I think I’ll ignore it.”