WWD’s review of DVF – Diane von Furstenberg‘s show, which was inspired by women who are “American Legends.”
The collection, which opened and closed with wrap looks, featured high-impact fabric plays, colorblocking, shots of lamé and embroideries. There’s much to be said for professional self-awareness. Even on the front end of her still-new collaboration with co-designer Yvan Mispelaere, Diane von Furstenberg possesses it in abundance, which is why she opened and closed her fall show with wrap looks. As she also knows the value of constant motion, those were tweaked for newness: the first, a gaucho jumpsuit spin on the house classic; the last, a divine sequined diva gown. Both strong takes, for sure. But then, von Furstenberg and Mispelaere were inspired by strong women they consider “American Legends,” specifically Millicent Rogers, Diana Vreeland and Gloria Vanderbilt. Before the show, von Furstenberg said that meant runway explorations of “rodeo, editor in chief and society lady.” The emphasis was definitely on the first part of the equation, showing up in bold Aztec patterns, major fringe and all sorts of gaucho accents. More clearly citified inspirations were revealed in some smart coats, sportif layerings and racy printed pajamas “like the ones I used to wear to Studio 54,” von Furstenberg offered. Those prints were just part of the fabric interest; the collection also featured high-impact fabric plays, colorblocking, shots of lamé and some interesting, young embroideries. While at times the visual bravado veered toward excess, at its best — for example, a jacket, shirt and pants in a mesmerizing mix of blues or an inventively bejeweled column — it delivered a sassy take on chic.
Backstage at Diane von Furstenberg RTW Fall 2011
Diane von Furstenberg was inspired by the “American Legend”, ala Diana Vreeland, Babe Paley and Gloria Vanderbilt, women who makeup artist James Kaliardos explained “looked super put together but with simplicity.” Kaliardos for MAC opted to leave foundation out of the picture and instead focus on a perfect red lip, achieved by lining lips with Cherry liner and Runaway Red lipstick, both items available in fall. Eyes were lined on the top and bottom with MAC’s Keep Your Cool black metallic powder, which was applied wet and smudged to a point at eyes’ outer corners. Hair was styled by Orlando Pita and pulled back in low pony tails with a side part and a slick texture at the front, showing finger grooves from hair that was scraped back. Pita used products by Let’s Jam by Soft Sheen Carson as well as Control hair spray by T3, a brand on which he continues to collaborate.
Diane Von Furstenburg is a legend in her own right and in the world of fashion. She is so amazing! She makes her own fabrics and always has the most amazing and intricate of patterns. I love her work!!!
Back Stage Pics-
Here is a video of one of my favorite DesignersDiane Von Furstenburg. Let’s take a look at her NYC Fall 2011 Fashion Week Collection.