Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Fashion Feature -

Un­like pre­vi­ous Diane Von Fursten­berg shows, this sea­son’s col­lec­tion was pre­sented in­side a vast ware­house space in New York City’s Meat­pack­ing District with no seats but an el­e­vated run­way and a gi­gan­tic dig­i­tal screen, which left reg­u­lar fash­ion in­sid­ers and edi­tors sur­prised and clam­our­ing for a good view­ing spot in the stand­ing-room set-up. How­ever, the at­mos­phere was buzzing, stripped off of the for­mal­ity of “who’s who” or “what’s your seat num­ber” chaos nor­mally seen at fash­ion week shows. I was lucky enough to find a spot, just me­tres away from the man of the night Jonathan Saun­ders, who was still chief creative of­fi­cer of the iconic Amer­i­can la­bel then, watch­ing the en­tire show, along­side the en­thu­si­as­tic crowd. Cit­ing Jane Forth—for­mer re­cep­tion­ist at Andy Warhol’s Fac­tory and one of the first DVF mod­els in the ’70s—as his muse for the Spring/Sum­mer ’18 col­lec­tion, Saun­ders opened the show with a satin printed midi dress paired with knee-high lace-up boots and con­trast­ing laces—an ode to ’70s glamour and a teaser to the spec­tac­u­lar looks that fol­lowed. Saun­ders’s forte in colour and print was de­liv­ered on a range of flam­boy­ant looks that com­bined graphic stripes, ori­en­tal flo­rals, crafty cuts, play­ful fringes, and blind­ing mer­cu­rial se­quins in an ex­plo­sive pal­ette of rich colours. Think bright or­ange, elec­tric blue clash­ing with pink, and minty green. Stand­out pieces in­cluded a bias-cut an­kle-length sequinned slip dress, draped ef­fort­lessly around the body, cre­at­ing mes­meris­ing move­ments as it glided down the run­way; a di­aphanous ivory flora dress that fea­tured a flat­ter­ing boat neck, ki­mono short sleeves, and flowy scarf hem; hand­ker­chief hem dresses in strik­ing com­bi­na­tions of colours; and a strik­ing one-shoul­der black dress with white pip­ing and flo­ral embroidery. The de­signer’s ro­bust eye for de­tails also ex­tended to the leather ac­ces­sories, yield­ing eye-catch­ing pieces from the su­per sleek Bonne Soirée bags to graphic ny­lon totes. And with the much-ad­mired de­signer an­nounc­ing his im­me­di­ate de­par­ture from the DVF la­bel after a fruit­ful 18-month ten­ure, there’s all the more rea­son to in­dulge this sea­son as the col­lec­tion hits stores.


Crafted flo­rals at Diane Von Fursten­berg Spring/Sum­mer ’18 Colour block­ing was taken to new heights

Diane Von Fursten­berg Spring/ Sum­mer ’18

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