NY Fashion Week: Diane Von Furstenberg
As you may know, New York Fashion Week is now in full swing, with all the top names in fashion showing their ready to wear collections for Autumn/Winter 06/07. I knew I was going to love the Diane Von Furstenberg collection the moment I heard the name. Dubbed 'Working Girl', the collection was supposedly an homage to the late 80s movie starring Melanie Griffith as a lowly secretary turned ball-breaking businesswoman. In truth, it had more of a 40s feel than 80s, which is fitting, considering all the good 80s trends (yes, there were a few) were nicked from post-war fashion anyway.
Von Furstenberg is known in fashion circles for her wearable, flattering fashion. She knows how to make the most of a woman's assets, and she's the woman responsible for the wrap dress. However it was her gorgeous 40s style shirt dress that had me in raptures. The high collar and slightly puffed sleeves give a great shape to the shoulders, while the slinky cut makes the most of an hourglass figure. The co-ordinating black separates work just as well. Nobody does a sexy blouse like DVF, and her black slacks are gorgeous.
The wrap dress was there, of course, in various prints, including the monochrome short sleeved version that Liya Kebede pulled off with aplomb. Waists on skirts sat very high, so get toning those hips, ladies! I love the combination of knitted shrug and low-cut satin shirt on the outfit on the right. Again, the shoulders are accentuated, giving the illusion of an even more curvaceous waist and hips.
Trousers were few and far between, as they often are with the queen of the timeless dress, but when they did appear, they were gorgeous, and teamed with great tops like this one. I love the flash of colour with the bag, too. On the downside, as you can see on the right, some of the combinations missed the mark a little, and probably wouldn't be workable off the catwalk, but take each piece separately, and they work on their own. I love the tie on the front of the tweed skirt.
All-in-all, Diane Von Furstenberg presented a chic and wearable collection of timeless and flattering pieces, but she's not the most shocking or imaginative designer. She is reliable, though, and knows what she's good at. And I don't know about you, but I'd much rather see beautifully made classics than mad, unwearable and overpriced 'art-as-fashion'!