Monday, September 14, 2009


Diane von Furstenberg—a.k.a. DVF—showed her collection today pitted against a backdrop of ancient ruins, with dvf etched into the stone. I don’t know if this was meant to be ancient Greece, ancient Rome, or ancient Egypt, but when the collection appeared, it could have been all three. She quickly flipped from togaesque draped, asymmetric silk dresses to animal prints (tiger, zebra) for chiffon shirts and harem pants to dresses etched with bright African beads. DVF continued the latter theme with a trio of bangles on the arms of many of the models, from the Vital Voices Collection of African Women Artisans—a neat idea to try now, in the last days of summer. Yet my favorite look wasn’t inspired so far back in the mists of time. She was also looking to the Pre-Raphaelites for some of her color palette, and my favorite look had been brushed by that; a white chiffon dress with dipping hems, the fabric encrusted in the palest blue flowers. Ideal for balmy evenings, to be sure, but also, according to DVF, for warm days too. She paired this easy, pretty dress with a white cotton tee, the sleeves casually rolled up. (Source:

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