Diane von Furstenberg AW 2011
The iconic classic look was key at DVF and great teamed with a classic LBD.
The iconic classic look was key at DVF and great teamed with a classic LBD.
The 64-year-old designer – who is most famous for the wrap dress she designed in the 1970s, which enjoyed a revival over two decades later – is proud that people enjoy wearing her creations because they make them feel good about themselves, though she hopes she still has things to achieve.
She said: “I am against anything that objectifies women,
“My greatest achievement is that I have given confidence to women with my clothes.
“The word ‘accomplished’ makes you think with a full stop. I hope I am accomplishing!”
Diane believes that female designers make more appealing outfits because they are practical fashions, whereas she thinks her male counterparts prefer “costumes”.
She said: “Women design clothes for women to wear. Men design costumes.”
Diane admitted she felt “humiliated” when she was learned pregnant after getting engaged to Prince Egon of Furstenberg but was determined to forge a career and insisted on learning the basics of fashion before marrying at 23.
She told the Guardian newspaper: “I was working in a clothing factory in Italy when I discovered I was pregnant. I was humiliated, worried people would think I’d done it to get the ‘best catch in Europe’. So I said to my boss: ‘I’m getting married and moving to America, but before I go, can I learn how to make clothes?’ And I stayed after work with the patternmaker, and that’s how I got into fashion.”
SJP is pretty much everyone’s style icon since playing the iconic Carrie Bradshaw for so many years, so we can imagine it’s a pretty great feeling to see her wearing your designs – and she loves Oscar de la Renta.
It’s not only SJP who’s bewitched by Oscar’s feminine, glamorous designs, as other celebrities such as Gisele Bundchen, Jessica Biel and Anne Hathaway all love the brand. But Sarah Jessica seems to have a special place in the designer’s heart.
The designer gushed to E! News: “Well, I love Sarah Jessica [Parker], because she is a friend for a long time. Sarah Jessica is like Diane [Von Furstenberg]; she is very much the spirit of New York, she is the New York girl. I love her.”
Oscar is also a big fan of fellow designer Diane Von Furstenberg, whose show he attended at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week this week.
He said: “I love Diane. We have been friends forever. I have a tremendous admiration for Diane. I came for her because she is the spirit of the 21st Century. Diane is all about beauty, all about creativity, femininity and the aura of femininity.”
What a nice man. Oscar de la Renta seems to like absolutely everyone.
Yesterday the legendary Diane Von Furstenberg showed her latest Spring/Summer collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. One of the most well-loved US-based designers, DVF has a very special place in our hearts and we love seeing what she’ll come up with next.
Naturally there was a playfulness to the collection, something we’ve seen in as a trademark in Von Fursternberg designs, with graphic pop-art style prints and bold florals. We picked up on a little bit of a kitsch 60s vibe to her Spring/Summer designs, with blotchy Warhol-esque floral patterns worn on slouchy shift dresses and oriental kimono-inspired sun dresses.
The iconic designer also interpreted the renewed androgyny trend absolutely perfectly, teaming crisp men’s trousers with sharp-shouldered suit jackets and pastel-coloured blouses for a look that obviously took inspiration from menswear but at the same time remained feminine.
The whole thing was styled perfectly too, with the models wearing their pastel-coloured graphic designs with classic retro winged glasses and big old beehives. Diane Von Furstenberg knows how to turn a fashion show into a party.
Forbes have just released their 2011 top 100 list of the most powerful people in the world, and we were totally excited to see some of our favourite sartorialists had made the cut – and so many girls! GIRL POWER! It makes me want to put on a Union Jack dress and do lots of high kicks like Ginger Spice.
We were really happy to see that both Beyonce and Lady Gaga had made it into the top 20 on the Power List, which they must be feeling pretty damn good about right now. Lady Gaga literally just missed making it into the top 10 as she came in at 11th place, while Beyonce was came in at a more-than-respectable 18th place.
One of our favourite women designers, the right honourable Diane Von Fursternberg ranked in 91st place. To me it seems that she should have scored a little higher for designing the wrap dress alone, but then again this is only out of 100 people in the world so it’s still a big honour.
The eco-warrior Angelina Jolie was unsurprisingly nearer the top end of the list in 29th, but what else do you expect from one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood? Her and Brad also came into the Forbes top 10 Rich Couple List, too.
The scary and iconic Anna Wintour, editor of American Vogue, was also on the list in 69th place but isn’t sure if she likes the label of being a “powerful woman”. Anna said: “I don’t think of myself as a powerful person,” she said. “You know, what does it mean? It means you get a better seat in a restaurant or tickets to a screening or whatever it may be. But it is a wonderful opportunity to be able to help others, and for that I’m extremely grateful. I assure you all the people that work with me on a day-to-day basis don’t think that. That’s just something that’s been fabricated by the media. And as you well know once something is out there, particularly in today’s world, it just gets exaggerated. I keep my head down and do the job to the best of my ability.” And you never make anyone carry you up the stairs when you’re tired, no sir. No sirrreeee, yep.
The 64-year-old designer is a huge fan of the brunette beauty – who married Prince William in April – and is happy her creations have been given the royal seal of approval.
She said: “I was just told that the Duchess of Cambridge bought one of my dresses yesterday! She bought an apple green V-back dress and that little ponyskin clutch from my shop – plus the day before she bought another DVF dress in Selfridges.”
Diane is very impressed by the way Catherine handles herself and thinks she’ll be fine, despite the public scrutiny and pressure she is under.
She told Britain’s Grazia magazine: “She wears DVF so I think she has great style! Look, I think it’s a lot of pressure to marry Prince William, to be the daughter-in-law of Lady Di, but she seems really strong and they seem to really love each other so I just wish them the best. She has a beautiful smile – I think she can handle it. But what’s also very impressive is how at ease he is with her. I think it will only make her more and more confident – and as long as she doesn’t lose that, she will become more and more beautiful.”
The designers contributed samples to a two-day sale held in New York’s Bowery Hotel over the weekend, with all proceeds going to Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, the Red Cross and the New York City Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Fund.
Derek Lam and Altuzarra were among the other designers to help out in a bid to raise funds for the country after the March 11 natural disasters, which have so far killed more than 10,000 people, with 17,000 still missing.
Paul Smith – whose label has 138 stores within Japan – has spoken of his concern for his employees there.
He said: “We are relieved to report that none of our staff in Japan have lost their lives or been injured as a result of the earthquake and tsunami.
“However, several staff are based in some of the worst affected areas in the North East of the country, including Sendai, and our thoughts are with them and their families in these difficult days.”
Speaking in support of the Japan Tsunami Appeal last week, he admitted his label had suffered and said he plans to visit the country to try and help rectify the aftermath.
He said: “Since the events of March 11 we have been in daily contact with our office in Tokyo and with our Japanese partners.
“Obviously, business is affected in the short term, but we remain fully committed to all our operations in Japan and to helping our licensees in any way we can. To that end, I will be visiting Tokyo at the beginning of April as planned.”
Diane Von Furstenberg’s designs alway stand out at NYFW. The designs are soft, yet the prints bold and this season the designer didn’t disappoint.
Giving a nod to the 60s, which was perhaps driven by the current Mad Men trend, DVF’s prints were monochrome, colourful in small and large blocks and featured on loose jackets, 60s shift dresses, Capri pants, jumpsuits and swing back jackets.
And the colours were just as bold as the prints with purples, golds, tan and lime, running through the collection.
Aside from the 60s VonFurstenberg also made the Grecian Goddess theme huge part of her collection, with floaty dresses complete with tassells in lame fabrics and accessories with silver beading.
The fashion elite have preened, pouted and donned their best heels for a range of various events at NY Fashion Week either sitting in the front rows of shows or tuning up for parties.
Sarah Jessica Parker turned up at the Diane Von Furstenberg show looking her usual glam self in a cute off the shoulder cherry print gypsy dress, while Nicky Hilton opted for an on-trend leopard print mini dress for the same event. They were joined in the front row by fashion queen Anna Wintour who opted for a classic print maxi dress teamed up with a mac and pearl necklace.
Carmen Electra showed off her, er, assets in a striped dress at Zac Posen while Jennifer Lopez went for a funky black dress and knee high patent boots for Tommy Hilfiger’s 25th anniversary party. She was joined by Kelly Osbourne who opted for a 60s print dress and Mad Men star Christina Hendricks who showed off her curves in a black plunge neck frock.
Rumer Willis also joined the fashion parade at the same event in a classic satin blue long dress.
Milla Jovovich also made an appearance at NYFW posing for photographers in a long blue top, leggings and cage gladiators.
See all the NY Fashion Week glamour so far in the gallery below.
Victoria Beckham tore herself away from supporting her hubby’s England squad last night (we know David isn’t playing but he’s still coaching) to attend the designer and celebrity fuelled event of Diane von Furstenberg’s new interior design project with Claridges.
Posh stepped into the Claridges hotel looking stunning in thigh-high boots and gave a nod to the underwear as outerwear look with a gorgeous satin mini dress and corset detailing top.
She was joined by a very camera shy Gwenyth Paltrow who was snapped in her cab wearing, what looks to us like a plunge neck black maxi dress and split.
Others weren’t as camera shy. Designer Tracey Emin went for a midnight blue strapless number, while Jimmy Choo queen Tamara Melon opted for a sleek black maxi.
Laura Bailey also gave a nod to Chanel’s crochet trend with a white frock and black trimming. View all the fashions of the night in the gallery below.
We’ve got bags of respect for Lulu Guinness. Not only is she a talented designer but she’s also leant her name to a range of charity ventures this year. And it doesn’t seem as though she’ll be stopping anytime soon.
The designer, alongside Alice Temperley, Issa’s Daniella Helayel and Diane von Furstenberg will hand-paint one of 250 life-size baby elephants to raise awareness of the plight of the endangered Asian elephant.
The venture created by the Elephant Family charity, will see London turned into an urban jungle with the elephants placed around landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Parliament Square and the Southbank from May to July. If you want to see them all in their full glory you can head down to the public exhibition at the gardens of the Royal Hospital later on in the year.
To raise money the elephants will then be auctioned off in the autumn.
In Victor Meldrews words “I don’t believe it.” So what’s got us moaning like an old man from One Foot in the Grave? News that Diane von Furstenberg has just released an album to raise money for charity.
We’ve heard of models and actresses turning to the microphone but this one has got to be a first. However, before you get too excited at hearing the designers singing talents (if they’re as good as her designs we’re in for a treat) we have to point out that she actually sung. The album is a compilation of songs by her favourite female artists, including Estelle and Annie Lennox, to mark next week’s International Women’s Day.
‘Proud To Be Woman’ is available to buy from itunes and money raised will be donated to Vital Voices, a charity that champions women’s rights across the globe. We think this is a unique idea and we’re all up for helping charity but we think it may have been better for the designer to do what she does best. We’d definitely buy a charity t-shirt, dress or jumper if she designed one.
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