With the DVF brand fully reclaimed, Diane reestablished her business into the global luxury brand it is today. She designed a full collection that had global distribution by 2001. That same year, she established her headquarters in New York’s West Village and became an active member of the community, including championing the construction of the High Line, a deserted railroad track that was redeveloped into a lush park.
With her business brimming with success, Diane opened 25 new standalone shops from Shanghai to St. Tropez during this decade. She also established an online presence by launching DVF.com. In 2004, Diane began to collaborate with H.Stern to design fine jewelry.
In 2005 the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) honored Diane with its Lifetime Achievement Award for her great influence on the fashion industry. One year later she was elected the CFDA’s president, an office she continues to hold.
Diane continued to inspire and empower women, not only through fashion but also philanthropy. She became a board member of Vital Voices, a women’s leadership organization, in 2008. Two years later she established the DVF Awards with the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to honor and bestow grants to women who have displayed leadership and courage in their commitment to worthy causes.