In the 1970s, Diane von Furstenberg was a darling of the New York social scene, a regular at Studio 54, and friend to the most famous names of the era. Now at the age of 68, she shows no sign of slowing down. Over time, she’s become her own best muse, and who better to model her vibrant, feminine styles after than herself?
Spring/Summer 2016 made for a joyous outing on von Furstenberg’s runway — one that celebrated “women, beauty, freedom, and nature” in a cheerful party-time palette. Lovely ethnic prints and 1970s bohemian styles were softened with luxurious fabrics, amped with metallics, and feminized with a fitted silhouette and glamorous accessories. Flattering wrap dresses, jumpsuits, and separates featured lovely mixed prints lifted from India’s textile markets (which the jetset crowd is sure to go ga-ga for). While the collection flaunted a playful attitude, there were plenty of uplifting pieces that were workwear appropriate, like lightweight, relaxed flannel suits and printed day dresses. For the night owls, von Furstenberg provided elevated “club” clothes, like Lurex playsuits and cropped metallic jackets with ruched exteriors, as well as sophisticated options for upscale affairs, like a spectacular saffron one-shoulder dress lined with contrasting fuchsia chiffon.
In addition to her celebratory, feminine ready-to-wear collection, von Furstenberg also debuted her first shoe collection, created in collaboration with Caleres, which included a variety of colorful, luxe sandals with transparent block heels. Also of note on the runway was the designer’s allegiance to the latest crop of “It” girls, with Karlie Kloss opening and Gigi Hadid closing the show. Von Furstenberg certainly knows a thing or two about capturing the youthful essence of one’s prime.
Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree