Diane von Furstenberg is enjoying a very luxe African getaway to kick off the new year, starting in 2019 in South Africa and Namibia before flying up to Morocco on Thursday.
The 72-year-old designer and her husband, IAC Chairman Barry Diller, flew their family over to the continent via private jet just after Christmas last weekend, spending New Year’s and the first few days of 2019 enjoying the sun, a winery, and a safari outing, where they managed to spot elephants, lions, leopards, and giraffes.
Now they’ve jetted up north to Marrakesh, where they’re staying at the luxe home of one of DVF’s close friends — and in just a day they’ve already managed to explore their temporary digs, do some shopping, and visit the late Yves St. Laurent’s private resident, Majorelle Garden.
Globe-trotters: Diane von Furstenberg has taken her family on vacation to Africa
Nice! They landed in Marrakesh, Morocco on Thursday and arrived at their home away from home before sunrise
Luxe accomodations: The 72-year-old designer’s friend lent them her personal home to stay during their trip
Exploring: The gorgeous home has a pool and a beautiful tiled-covered courtyard
Post, post, post! Diane’s husband, Barry Diller, flooded Instagram with pictures of where they’re staying
Must be nice! They appear to have the whole spacious estate to themselves
Treat: Diane brought along some of her grandchildren, including Talita von Fürstenberg, 19, and Tassilo Egon Maximilian, 17. Talita brought her boyfriend, Rocco
Sunset: The kids have been enjoying themselves both with the grown-ups and for teens-only time
The von Furstenberg clan has been having an adventurous time indeed after celebrating Christmas a their family home on Harbour Island in the Bahamas.
From there, they boarded a private jet to Durban, in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, before heading to Namibia, taking in the sand dunes and a safari.
Now, less than a week into their African getaway, the group has traveled up to the north end of the continent to take in Morocco, landing first in Marrakesh.
There’s a large crew traveling together: Along with Diane and Barry is Alexander von Fürstenberg, Diane’s son from her first marriage to Prince Egon von Fürstenberg. (She also has a daughter, Princess Tatiana von Fürstenberg, who is not on the trip.)
Alexander came with his wife, Ali Kay, and their young son Leon. There’s also Alexander’s two children from his first marriage: Talita von Fürstenberg, 19, and Tassilo Egon Maximilian, 17.
Finally, Talita’s boyfriend Rocco Brignone was invited, as was Prince Achileas of Greece — Talita and Tassilo’s first cousin, on their mom’s side. Along the way, the group seems to have met up with a few more friends here and there.
Tired? Barry snapped a photo of his wife shortly after they landed at the airport in Morocco
Gorgeous! On Friday, they visited Majorelle Garden, which had been the private residence of the late designer Yves St. Laurent from 1980 until his death in 2008
So pretty! The colorful estate has welcomed visitors for decades and is popular on Instagram
See it: According to Elle Decor, part of Majorelle Garden has been open to the public since 1947
Open: It continued to be shown to visitors through the time that Saint Laurent owned it with philanthropist Pierre Bergé
Something special: YSL died in 2008. DVF and her family toured the grounds and some of the rooms inside
Loving it: DVF posted several photos and talked up the beautiful colors on Instagram
Cheese! Talita, her brother, and her dad Alexander all smiled and posed when they arrived
Picking up a few things? The group were seen shopping for lamps and rugs in a local marketplace
Shop ’til you drop! They went out shopping, check out rugs and lanterns around the city
Dress up: The boys even tried out a few local outfits and accessories and seemed to have a blast
Smile!Diane’s son Alexander posed with his son, his nephew Prince Achi of Greece, and his daughter’s boyfriend
They took to the markets, checking out the scene — and in DVF’s case, buying oranges
Get cookin’! Barry posted a couple pictures of all the spices on display
Hangin’ out! Talita lounged with her stepmom, Ali Kay, and also posted pictures from inside YSL’s house
Barry’s Instagram offers the most detailed look at their vacation so far, as the new poster has been flooding his feed with holiday snaps.
After landing in Marrakesh on Thursday night, they went over to a private home of one of Diane’s friends, who has lent them the place to stay.
There, they watched the sunrise over the pool before taking in the home’s gorgeous architecture, complete with a courtyard, an indoor and outdoor pool, impressive tile work, and a large patio with patterned chairs and rugs.
The group did a bit of shopping, checking out rugs and lamps at Mustapha Blaoui and even trying on some new hats and clothes in another shop. Out in the marketplace, a man with a donkey cart nearly ran over Barry’s foot.
In the late afternoon, they visited Majorelle Garden, which had been the private residence of the late designer Yves St. Laurent from 1980 until his death in 2008.
According to Elle Decor, part of Majorelle Garden has been open to the public since 1947, and continued to be shown to visitors through the time that Saint Laurent owned it with philanthropist Pierre Bergé. Over three quarters of a million people stopped by in 2017.
DVF and her family toured the grounds and some of the rooms inside, then stopped for oranges on their way out.
And they’re off! Diane is pictured in Namibia several days ago, where the group rode ATVs
In the wild: She and her husband Barry have posted plenty of safari photos on Instagram
Grandma: She also brought along her grandchildren, socialite Talita von Furstenberg and her brother Tassilo Egon Maximilian
Family ties: Talita (pictured left with her grandmother) is the daughter of Diane’s son Alexander, from his first marriage
Style icon: Diane, unsurprisingly, has been dressed flawlessly for the trip
Kidding around: Talita and Tassilo pose with their cousin, Achileas of Greece, and Talita’s boyfriend — as well as their little brother Leon in the front
Fancy: The group took a private jet to Africa from their Christmas holiday in the Bahamas, and Diane was seen playing on her iPad while her son Alexander sat beside her
The group ha been keeping quite busy since they took off the day after Christmas — from their first vacation int he Bahamas.
One of Barry’s first posts was a shot from inside their private plane.
While the adults talked in front — and Diane played away on an iPad, comfortable in a pair of paisley pants and a checked top — the grandkids entertained themselves in the back, with everyone seeming quite as ease with the luxury travel accommodations.
They also shared quite a few group photos posing outside the plane, with everyone dressed comfortably for the long flight.
On the 27th, the group landed in Durban, in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, kicking off their adventure.
First, they headed over to the Phinda Private Game Reserve nearby, where they had the opportunity to see lots of animals up close and take pictures with them.
Ready to go! The group happily took pictures before boarding the flight the day after Christmas, with Diane and Barry standing front and center before they boarded the plane
Up and away: Diane shared this image on her Instagram account in which she can be seen flashing a peace sign at the camera, while the rest of her group smile at the camera
The whole crew: Also on the trip are Diane’s son Alexander and his second wife, Ali (pictured far left)
Privilege: The kids have been goofing around and enjoying the exotic vacation
Connections: 18-year-old Achi of Greece (pictured) is Talita and Tassilo’s first cousin — their moms (Alexandra and Marie-Chantal) are sisters
Shot: It’s unclear if they actually went hunting or just posed with guns
It’s a zoo out there! They’ve been spending a lot of time taking pictures with animals
Thanks, grandma! Talita’s boyfriend Rocco Brignone was also invited, and the two snuggled up on safari
Popular: Talita is a socialite with quite an impressive social media following
They managed to snap pictures of all of the big five game animals: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo
Next stop! After the safari, they went to see sand dunes in Namibia
What fun! The group posed for some fun jumping photos in the desert
Capturing the moment: Barry posted quite a few images from the outings
Strike a pose: Talita shared this image of herself in the middle of the desert while saying it was a ‘beautiful start to 2019’
Selfie central: It wasn’t lost on any of them that the trip made for some good pictures
Woosh! They also rode ATVs around on the sand dunes, which were lined up and waiting for them
There, they spotted quite a few wild animals — and managed to snap pictures of all of the big five game animals: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo.
They also saw giraffes and cheetahs, and at one point Rocco had the opportunity to rub a baby hippo on the stomach.
Princess Olympia of Greece — Achi’s big sister, and the daughter of Talita’s aunt Marie-Chantal and Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece — commented: ‘I’m dead. Omg.’
Upon seeing a rhinoceros, Barry uploaded his own photo with the humorously biting caption: ‘Not Harvey Weinstein.’
‘Fairly certain that IS Harvey, BD!’ Andy Cohen, one of Barry’s few follower so far, commented.
Cohen also chimed in on another of Barry’s pictures, pointing out that the septuagenarian posts quite a lot of photos — and maybe not every one is post-worthy.
‘BD let’s have a constructive convo about your output here,’ he joked.
Explorers: One of their first stops was Beyond Phinda Game reserve, where Talita captured numerous photos of herself
Activities: At one point, they went on a group bike ride together
Chillin! Diane lays out in the sand in Namibia while Barry walks nearby
Luxe life: After the safari, it appears they rented a private lodge for everyone to stay, with Talita taking full advantage of the chance to post a pajama-clad image of herself
Talita posted a snap of herself and her boyfriend enjoying the beautiful scenery, and also uploaded an artsy snap through a window
Memories: Diane brought a camera to snap pics when the group went to a nearby winery
Vacation! They sipped wine outside and enjoyed the nice weather
He’s new! Barry (right) started his own Instagram account just before the trip and has been regularly posting images from the getaway, including several pictures of his wife (left)
Nice! They checked into Omaanda Lodge, a hotel with private huts overlooking the Namibian savanna
Sunnin’! The kids had hung out by the pool at a previous hotel, where Talita and her boyfriend were seen cuddling while perched on the edge
Happy birthday! Diane celebrated her 72nd birthday on New Year’s Eve
Eat up! The group appear to have enjoyed plenty of seafood while they were staying near the coast
Adventures: Barry shared an image of a shark diving set up (left) in Cape Town, as well as a photo of Boulders Beach (right), which is famously occupied by hundreds of penguins
After their safari, the group took a boat ride near Table Mountain before taking in the sites in a helicopter; Barry also braved shark diving, along with Diane’s son Alexander and his wife Ali.
Businessman Barry shared an image of Instagram of the cage that divers are sent down in to watch the sharks swim past them underwater, while Alexander posted a photo on his private account that shows himself and Ali in the cage while wearing full diving gear.
As well as their trip to Cape Town, the family also spent some time at nearby vineyards, and headed out together to celebrate Diane’s 72nd birthday on New Year’s Eve, where the designer blew out candles on a cake.
Finally, on New Year’s Day, they landed in Namibia, where so far they’ve ridden four-wheelers out on sand dunes, enjoyed the pool, and took photos with even more animals.
They checked into Omaanda Lodge, a hotel with private huts overlooking the Namibian savanna. A two-bedroom hut, the largest available, starts at $1,390 there, meaning the group is spending at least $2,780 a night to house nine adults and one child.
In addition to using African-inspired prints in her designs, Diane has spoken before about her admiration for fashion on the continent.
She told Elle Decor in 2010 that Africa is doing the most exciting things in design, noting, ‘They use and recycle everything there. The way they put things together — things that really have to work and perform a function — that to me is great design.’
Peek-a-boo! The group appeared to have plenty of fun on their jet, with both Talita and her boyfriend Rocco seen playing with Leon on the runway
It’s not all glamour! At one point Barry snapped a picture of the group sitting on a less-than-chic airport bus, which must felt like quite the downgrade after their lavish private jet trip
Resting? The businessman also shared a picture of his wife perched on her bag on the floor of what appeared to be the airport after they landed in Durban
Jet set: The group had been in the Bahamas for Christmas just days before
They have a family home on Harbour Island where they spend many holidays together