New York Fashion Week S/S 2013: Diane Von Furstenberg's neon travellers
From the moment Josephine Skriver sauntered down the catwalk in a slouchy, effortless kaftan dress covered in iridescent sequins that shone blue / green under the catwalk lights, I knew the Diane Von Furstenberg show was going to be one of my New York Fashion Week favourites. It was a show that screamed 'fun', but also exhibited some very accomplished design talent.
From start to finish, the runway was a riot of colour and print, with an effortless laid-back feel and a slight 'world traveller' vibe. The collection - dubbed 'Palazzo' - was a celebration of everything that Diane Von Furstenberg is known for, from sexy printed halternecks to bright, slouchy separates that would look as chic on a young ingenue as an older lady who lunches. DVF has come a long way since creating her first wrap dress in the 70s, but she maintains that bohemian spirit even now.
This collection reminded me slightly of the kind of louche, Ibiza threads that Matthew Williamson puts out every season. Not that DVF is a copycat - she was putting jewel prints on stretch jersey when Williamson was still a Manchester schoolkid, but this season seems to have ramped up the boho element of her personality to the max. Sportswear touches (neon colours, curved hemlines and trims) stopped this from being too 2004, and sari-like wrapping and scarf-style tops added a sexy finish and kept everything feeling fresh.
Click the video below to see the collection highlights: