NYFW: Diane von Fürstenberg S/S 2011

With the first model came the pre-cursor. Adorning John Lennon-style round sunglasses and a printed trouser take on DVF’s bread and butter, the wrap-dress, the tone was set for the collection. A marriage of retro, safari and luxury resort. In the dawn of ‘double-denim’, Furstenburg’s ‘print-on-print’ paraded ensembles provided a fresher, punchy spring alternative. Prints came in jade, brown, white, and black, with Aztec undertones being evoked through monochrome prints and Roman accents apparent through swirls. Bum bags made a return in tan and chocolate with ropes fastened to shoes, gathered and cinched.

Colour-of-the-moment camel crept onto tapered trousers, a fitted jacket and an over-sized coat as well as a richer hue of the colour on a giraffe-skin-inspired printed jacket. Shorts came in thigh-skimming and high-waisted styles, and the bags featured accents of their accompanying attire-with tuna being a notable example.

A new season comes with a new Creative Director for DVF. Nathan Jenden has been succeeded by Yvan Mispeleare and it is abundantly clear that his preference particulars have converted to the catwalk. “I love prints, I love colour, that kind of cool way of being, of ease."

Fürstenberg’s lavish collection exuded opulence; an amethyst-coloured short-suit which was embellished with gold patches strutted down the runway. This piece struck a chord and reminded me of the regal, luxurious nature of McQueen’s last collection. Occasional flashes of organic colours kept the collection fresh, with a burnt orange trousersuit creating instant impact.

Shoes were buckled in white and tan, and the collection was gilded with touches of sequins and metallics. Hoods made an appearance and carry-alls were printed. Shapes were often simple, and neck-lines daring. Colours were in blocks [excluding prints] and shirts in pastel colours; think mint, lemon etc. Asymmetry featured, particularly on a playsuit example and blouses were often under-stated and boxy-they possessed a touch of the masculine, even.

You can tell Diane had had fun with fashion on this collection. She challenged convention, made impact whether it be through a pop of electric blue, a magenta lip or clashing prints. DVF’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection was one which celebrated the notion of ‘the complete look’. Each dress/trouser-suit/jacket had a matching bag and pair of shoes. But that’s just the point. With DVF, you are not only buying into a brand, but buying into a look, a mind-set, a feel of the ‘Goddess’ perhaps. And if so, success! After all that was the theme.

Share this:

Post a Comment

Let us know what you think...

Copyright © The Front Row View. Designed by OddThemes