Diane von Furstenberg’s spring collection is not for those who shy away from color. The array of bold tropical colors and billowing silhouettes paint a picture of vacationing in the world’s most exotic locations – surely a testament to von Furstenberg’s extensive travel repertoire. Creative director, Yvan Mispelaere, and von Furstenberg’s inspiration for the collection titled, “Palazzo,” was von Furstenberg’s jetsetter lifestyle.
With this collection, DVF brought the local fashions of Mumbai and New Delhi to the American fashion scene. The abundance of looks featuring long tunics and dresses paired with slim fitting trousers outnumber von Furstenberg’s signature piece, the wrap dress. Always known for her body-friendly pieces, the looks are pulled together with waist cinching metallic belts that create an hourglass figure.
Keeping up with today’s ever-changing technological environment, the designer partnered with Google to debut their new Glass technology. The glasses that were worn by some of the models, and von Furstenberg herself, recorded behind-the-scenes footage that is featured in a short film about the show.
The combination of plunging necklines, bright color blocking and bold accessories exudes confidence, and is made for the self-assured, modern woman. DVF effortlessly updates statement retro pieces and delivers a fantastic collection.
Diane von Furstenberg’s Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection embodies the classic elegance of the fall. The collection features rich fall colors, lady-like silhouettes, and beautiful combinations of textures. She uses deep neutral colors such as maroon, red and black, in unison with varying pops of pink, bright yellows and greens. The silhouettes are elegant and simple, but also whimsical and playful. DVF adds edge to classic pieces by pairing sequins with fur and patent leather. In my opinion, this collection embodies the persona of a New York woman. It is very wearable, and the textures seem suitable for fall temperatures, yet there are pieces that are fun, quirky, and meant to give any woman a certain pop. DVF is a consistently beautiful designer, and this collection is no exception.
Confession: when I was a little girl, I was obsessed with polka dots. I had dotty dresses, shoes, shirts, umbrellas—I was probably a little too into that trend, actually. So you can imagine my excitement when I spotted polka dots all over the Fall 2011 runways. Designers such as Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Diane von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney and Marni used this adorable print in their fall collections. Polka dots are the perfect way to add a little whimsy to a dark fall or winter wardrobe, and they make for a great standout piece—not to mention they’re just plain adorable. Here are some of my favorite spotted pieces this season:
Dot You Worry Dress, ModCloth, $54.99
This fluttery dress comes in a perfect fall color and would look great paired with solid tights. Leather ankle boots would add a little edge to this girly look, but it would also work well with black flats.
Flared chiffon blouse, H&M, $24.95
I just bought a similar blouse from H&M and I’m absolutely in love with it. It’s flowy and comfortable but still chic. You can wear it loose like in the picture above, or tuck it into pants or a pencil skirt. Pair it with a tighter bottom piece to balance out the look and give it more shape.
‘Scattered dot’ tights, kate spade new york, $32.00
Pencil skirt a little too drab? Dotty tights will fix that. Perhaps one of the subtlest ways to include the polka dot trend in your ensemble is by wearing spotted tights. It’s an easy way to add a little personality to a more serious outfit.
Diane von Furstenberg "Victoria" Long Gloves, $200; bloomingdales.com
J.Crew Convertible Cuff Gloves, $98; jcrew.com
Winter makes way for the chance to accessorize with tights, scarves, hats, and oh, yea…GLOVES. No longer just for Michael Jackson or Audrey Hepburn, gloves are back this season in a big, big way. My favorites are the new convertible cuff gloves. The new style is fashion meets function as they are the ultimate layering item for fall. Grab yours before they’re gone!
Dear Kaleidoscope readers: Resort 2010 collections are in, and in what way!
Going through the different collections gives me butterflies: from Burberry’s edgy cool to DVF’s uber-femininity, there’s something for every taste.
What I would do to own that red Marc Jacobs dress! The fullness of the skirt, the pop of the sequins, it’s all you could want and more. Alexander Wang shows his forte with draped body-con dresses in metal colors. Miu Miu channels girliness with a geometric cut, who thought those two could work so well together? Burberry oozes coolness with this look, the loose coat, ruched sleeves and muted colors make up for an incredibly strong statement look. DVF… every girl’s dream line. Colorful dresses that hug the body. They even make the headpieces look cool (ok, maybe not). And Thakoon, the most wearable resort collection shows us the perfect summer look (take note!) feminine airy blouses with roomy jean shorts and killer heels. Deadly combo!
Photos courtesy of style.com, image created by Patricia