The legendary fashion designer dishes with Joan Juliet Buck about what makes her marriage tick, her views on plastic surgery and more
JOAN: When you were 40, you said, “Now it’s time to become a myth.” What did you mean?
DIANE: At 40, you can no longer just count on your beauty or on your seduction power. I always joke and say that it is time to become a myth!!! Meaning stand for something…be the best at making apricot jam or whatever!!!
JOAN: What frightens you most?
DIANE: Fear is not an option.
JOAN: What is the biggest lesson you have learned?
DIANE: Don’t be afraid of your own strength.
JOAN: Which do you prefer attending, weddings or funerals?
DIANE: Weddings, of course. But what I like about funerals is that people are more vulnerable and sincere.
JOAN: Does New York nightlife hold any fascination for you at this stage in your life?
DIANE: Going out in New York is about witnessing something new…a play, a show, a movie, a book!!! New York is a center for culture.
JOAN: Have you ever thought about cutting your hair short, dyeing it?
DIANE: I did cut my hair very, very short in 1984. I needed a change, and a change I got. Not just the hair, but I moved to Paris and fell in love with a new man.
JOAN: What’s the secret?
DIANE: The secret is to enjoy being you. I love the role of senior.
JOAN: How do you and Barry Diller stay so tight? What makes your marriage tick?
DIANE: Barry has been a lover, a friend, a husband…and he is good at all the roles. He loves me unconditionally and has taught me to do the same.
JOAN: Will you ever design for men?
DIANE: I ONLY design for women!
JOAN: Any women artists you particularly admire?
DIANE: All women inspire me. Ahn Duong is my friend artist. She is a great painter and even a better sculptor.
JOAN: What’s your most common saying? (Is it still “Do you love me?”)
DIANE: Do you love me is a way to say…I love you!
JOAN: Who is your best friend (besides Barry)?
DIANE: My children, Alexandre and Tatiana are by far my best friends.
JOAN: What is the motto you live by?
DIANE: Go for it!!!
JOAN: I know you give back all the time — specifically, now, what?
DIANE: I prefer giving to receiving. It is a privilege to be able to share, to make a difference.
JOAN: Plastic surgery: yes, no, if not, why not, if not, what else?
DIANE: I know women wonder why I have done nothing to my face. I don’t even know myself. I would love to resist it — always. I don’t feel very beautiful, but I feel fulfilled. These days don’t have enough hours, because I get into so many things. I feel very engaged – I love it!!!