It’s not every day you get to wear clothing designed by DVF (that is, of course, unless you are Diane von Furstenberg). Nor is it every day that you get to be fitted for a special event by her team at her store in New York City’s Meatpacking District. Yet that is the exact experience InStyle contributor and I Am That Girl co-founder Emily Greener had in advance of receiving the People’s Voice Award at the 7th Annual DVF Awards.
The awards, which honor women with the strength and courage to affect change in the world, took place Thursday night, and Greener (above)—in a cobalt blue jumpsuit by the designer—told us the night was “pure magic.” Greener was honored for the work she and her team are doing with I Am That Girl to improve the way young women treat themselves and each other, and will receive $50,000 from the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to further her work.
Keep scrolling to read Greener's recount of her prep with the DVF team. To learn more about I Am That Girl and how you can support its mission, visit them online, and get inspired by Greener’s conversations with celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Lea Michele, Mindy Kaling, and more about the struggles they’ve faced as young girls and how they overcame them.
1. The Dressing Suite
"WOW. They brought me to the 'dressing suite,' put together after getting an idea about what I like, and I walked in to an entire closet picked just for me," Greener recalls. "I feel like a queen."
2. A First Try-on
"I honestly don't know much about fashion," Greener says. "When she added this piece over what I was wearing it completely changed the look and I went from liking it to loving it."
3. The Accessories
"What?! Shoes and bags too?! I'm overwhelmed," Greener says.
4. The Complete Look
"I think this might be it," Greener says. "Everyone is 'ooh-ing' and 'ahh-ing' and this jacket is making me so happy! I feel like a boss. Wow, what a confidence booster this experience is."
"Girls need each other—to laugh with, to cry with, and to dress with," Greener says. "I wish every girl in the world could have an experience like this. Being made to feel so special and so beautiful, I'm overjoyed. That was one of the most fun experiences EVER!"