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Diane von Furstenberg, Tina Brown, And Oprah Celebrate Five Awesome Women

DVF presents award to Oprah, via Getty
DVF presents award to Oprah, via Getty

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It was a girl-on-girl lovefest at the pink-lit United Nations cafeteria-turned-lounge last week, with cameos from the likes of Jessica Alba, Oprah, and Fran Lebowitz. We're not talking about a strangest NSFW video ever made, but rather a get-together of the most respectable sort at the Diane von Furstenberg Awards dinner. In conjunction with the "Women In The World Summit" at the UN, co-hosts DVF and Tina Brown (the media powerhouse who heads up Newsweek and The Daily Beast) honored five women "who display leadership, strength, and courage in their commitment to their respective causes." Honorees received $50,000 from DVF to further to their work.

Let Oprah's voice soothe you as she honors one of the recipients. Jessica Alba and DVF speak too.

Though the honorees got the spotlight, the woman behind it all deserves props as well. DVF recently spoke to WWD about her humble beginnings when she was pregnant ("always pregnant") and cutting wrap dresses on the kitchen table. Ok, her humble beginnings included marriage to Prince Egon von Furstenberg of Germany and the kitchen table was actually two kitchen tables, one in New York and one in Italy, which she flew between while creating the brand. Still, the fashion industry is tough on everyone, even princesses, and her brand has weathered the whims of fashion favor to arrive as one of the strongest in the US. And props to DVF for paying her success forward.

· Five Women Receive 2012 DVF Awards [NYTimes]
· Q&A: DVF on DVF [WWD]
· All DVF Coverage [Racked]