Diane von Furstenberg

The A-List does a spelling bee

The A-List does a spelling bee

Way back in my storied school days, spelling bees were awful experiences that invariably left me traumatized and speechless. It’s not that I can’t spell. I’m actually amazing at it, and when the other kids got their turns at the podium, I always knew all the words they were being asked, down to the very last syllable.

Alas, whenever it was my chance to go up and get asked a word of my own, I totally blanked. I completely freaked. And somehow it was always a word I wasn’t quite sure how to spell all of a sudden. So out of a combination of shaky nerves and rotten luck, I would lose every t-i-m-e.

Starting two years ago, the horror came back in an avalanche of misplaced vowels and wrong consonants when splashy spelling bees started being thrown at Diane von Furstenberg’s boutique, filled with literary lions battling it out for a paying audience to benefit clmp (the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses). And they asked me to join in! Here was my chance to disgrace myself all over again, in front of all sorts of big names, and I seized it with the will of an arrested child playing with the very same mental blocks.

FULL FRONTAL FASHION highlights

FULL FRONTAL FASHION highlights

(L–R) Donatella Versace, Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang Think of this as your FULL FRONTAL FASHION cliff notes. Sundance Channel’s series THE DAY BEFORE is back! It will premiere on Wednesday, September 8 at 10pm! Don’t miss this year’s star-studded line up. As far as hairdos go, this is a hair-must-do… Join Lynn Yaeger for a…

Diane von Furstenberg on the High Line

Diane von Furstenberg on the High Line

Diane von Furstenberg with Friends of the High Line co-founders, Joshua David and Robert Hammond

Sundancechannel.com is thrilled to present our guest blogger this week – the beautiful and inspirational Diane von Furstenberg! The designer was an early proponent of the High Line and continues to lend her support to the exciting new elevated park (now open – see New York Times) in Manhattan.

Read more of Diane’s thoughts on the High Line!