"Be your own Oasis", said Diane von Furstenberg before the show, "what I'm hoping is that people feel joie de vivre, happiness, and beauty in a world that is so rough, so unpredictable, and so scary". Oasis ... An island unto herself, she emerges in black and white with pops of red, a mix of quiet calm and joie de vivre.
As importantly, the designer made sure to keep the clothes upbeat, too. She wore her own version of the show's defining look, a "poster dress" depicting lions and zebras roaming through the savanna, but the sand-scape print of a halter-neck maxi dress also stood out. And there was just as much zing in an orangey-red column dress that laced up the side with silk rope and another halter style in dazzling azure blue. Not into color? DVF did graphic black and white, too. Joan Smalls' zip-front black and white diamond-print dress turned more than a few heads.
That suits Diane von Furstenberg, the city’s empress of good-time fashion, absolutely down to the ground. She turned her packed show into a live New York affirmation of everything her clothes have always been about summery seventies disco-dressing, a lifestyle vibe she’s triumphally transitioned into popular twenty-first-century brand relevance without missing a beat.
The fact that she played Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” a current hit, but featuring Nile Rogers, god of New York seventies disco as her spring 2014 signature tune set it all in good-natured foot-tapping context. What’s not to love about any number of DVF wrap dresses flirting along in fit-and-flare shape, or slinky long ones, maybe lashed about with rope, showing plenty of skin in seventies halter mode? She had the waterfronts covered in mini-tunics to zebra-prints to maxi-skirts to sundresses for every summer holiday eventuality from Miami to Ibiza and all destinations in between. It was classic DVF in all senses, ending in an all-out performance by the lady herself, who took her finale victory lap to exuberant showstopping level, tossing her hair and almost breaking into dance as she toured the front row.
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Photo credit/Source: Diane von Furstenberg
Runway: Photography by Yannis Vlamos / InDigitalimages
Details: Photography by Gianni Pucci / InDigitalimages
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