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Spring Fling:
The Julianna Lace Wrap Dress

Surely two things we love are better than one. That’s why we’ve taken our stretch lace (of Zarita fame) and created this fresh new wrap dress for springtime fêtes. With delicate scalloped edges and a soft jersey lining, the sweet Julianna is ready to celebrate with gilded accessories like the dance-all-night Kinder sandal, the sleek After 6 clutch, and a fluid, dazzling drape necklace. The best news of all? The Julianna also comes in sleeveless and gown silhouettes, so that’s three new things we love!

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My Blue Heaven

We love the world through the eyes of Natalie Joos: witty, unexpected and always with a vintage twist. The stylist extraordinaire took our Spring Collection to L.A., where she found herself some It girls and fabulous locales and started snapping away. Over the next few weeks we’ll be revealing Natalie’s gorgeous, sun-soaked images, so check back, and read more about the shoot, inspiration, and tips for wearing these Spring styles now.

Tell us about your inspiration for the shoot.
The inspiration started with the clothes. Diane and her team had envisioned this collection in Saint-Tropez. It was for the fun, chic and relaxed girl on the French Riviera. Names like Brigitte Bardot came to mind and I felt it had something ‘50s too. Since I was going to be in Los Angeles, I imagined this collection could work very well in a pastel-colored environment, with a retro twist. When my producer showed me the Pink Motel, I know we had to shoot there. The rest was all improv.

And how did you decide on the girls?
I always have my ear on the ground for the new It girls. In each city I visit and want to shoot, I find out from reliable resources, in this case one of my previous muses and local LA girl, who the cool kids on the block are. Then I do my research online and on Instagram and start to form my own image of them. Z Berg looked really fun and photogenic and I loved the fact that she was in a band. She suggested to shoot with her friend Paige, a very pretty girl who happens to be dating one of Z’s exes. I loved the organic nature of the process. As soon as we spoke on the phone I knew we’d have fun together. They had the right kind of energy and enthusiasm.

What about the Spring Collection drew you to an old hotel in LA?
We had a lot of different ideas before we landed on the hotel. We thought about a house with a pool, or the beach, or the Venice canals. But in the end we thought the colors would pop best at the Pink Motel. For me the collection has a retro feel, a little bit ‘60s at times, sometimes ‘70s, and I thought it worked well against an old pastel backdrop like that. It would also give the shoot that Cali feeling.

How does New York vintage differ from California vintage?
California vintage is more grunge and bohemian. New York is a little bit more structured I would say. But in the end every vintage store caters to the same customer. We all love old things and we wear them all over the world.

What was your favorite piece to work with?
I am really smitten with the little bralets. They’re so pretty and sexy!

Diane loves an unexpected twist, and your work seems to capture that so well. What can you tell us about the art of the unexpected?
In order to keep people interested you have to keep changing and moving forward. People get so bored of repetition. They want to be surprised, or shocked, or simply amazed. I am not a fan of the banal. I am always looking for new ways to not only inspire myself but also others. Fashion is about experimenting and about having fun. And if you want to keep people’s attention, you have to keep them on their toes.

Travel is such a frequent part of your work…what are your travel essentials? 
I am a little bit of a travel expert now, I think. Packing happens on autopilot. Foremost I need earplugs! Can’t sleep without them. A moisturizing mask. A good book. My favorite sunglasses. My running shoes and gear.

Finally, for those of us for whom Spring has arrived but it’s still freezing, any tips on how to wear the things we love now?
The key is cashmere, on your bare skin. It should be your first layer: a tight fitting cashmere long sleeve T-shirt. I guarantee nothing gets through. I wore a white one under my Spring shirt for the DVF show, and it became super ‘70s like that. I wore “summer” pants during the Fall shows but I wore wool tights under them. Always a hat, to prevent your body from cooling down. Gloves. And at least 3 layers.
Winter doesn’t get to me at all.

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Love Diane:
Celebrate Women

March 8 is International Women’s Day, an opportunity to salute women, honor them, empower them. I always say that I have never met a woman who is not strong… all women are strong, although sometimes it is hidden very deep inside them. However, when tragedy or obstacles happen, women show up and take charge. No longer is their strength questioned.
So let’s all rejoice and enjoy being women, show our strength, our beauty and our incredible resiliency ! Here are a few books of all types about strong women of all types… every woman’s story is inspiring ! Happy International Women’s Day, week, year, life ! Love Diane

Madame de Stael by Francine du Plessix Gray
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Mademoiselle by Rhonda Garelick
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
Catherine the Great by Robert Massie
Empress Dowager Cixi by Jung Chang
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis by Barbara Leaming

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You’re Invited!

In celebration of International Women’s Day, please join us at any DVF boutique Friday, March 6th – Sunday, March 9th. We’ll be giving 15% of proceeds to the organizations nominated for the People’s Voice Award at the 2015 DVF Awards. You will also receive 15% off your full-price in-store purchase.

Give back and get back, and enjoy champagne and treats all weekend!

Each year, extraordinary women are selected as nominees for the People’s Voice Award. Prior honorees, who each won a $50,000 grant to further their cause, are Katherine Chon (2010), who was shocked to learn about domestic human trafficking, and founded Polaris Project to abolish it; Taryn Davis (2011), a young military widow who founded the American Widow Project to provide peer support for others in her situation; Layli Miller-Muro (2012), who created the Tahirih Justice Center to protect immigrant women and girls from gender-based violence; Tammy Tibbets (2013) who founded She’s the First to empower people to raise funds for girls’ education in developing nations and Veronica Scott (2014) who started the innovative Empowerment Plan, which employs homeless mothers in Detroit to make a convertible sleeping bag coat for other homeless individuals.

The DVF People’s Voice Award is chosen by popular vote. Starting Friday, March 6, visit DVFAWARDS.COM to learn about the 2015 nominees, be inspired to make your own change, and vote for a woman who is making a difference!

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Love Diane:
Celebrate Women

March 8 is International Women’s Day, an opportunity to salute women, honor them, empower them. I always say that I have never met a woman who is not strong… all women are strong, although sometimes it is hidden very deep inside them. However, when tragedy or obstacles happen, women show up and take charge. No longer is their strength questioned.
So let’s all rejoice and enjoy being women, show our strength, our beauty and our incredible resiliency ! Here are a few books of all types about strong women of all types… every woman’s story is inspiring ! Happy International Women’s Day, week, year, life ! Love Diane

Madame de Stael by Francine du Plessix Gray
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Mademoiselle by Rhonda Garelick
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
Catherine the Great by Robert Massie
Empress Dowager Cixi by Jung Chang
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis by Barbara Leaming

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Spring Fling:
The Julianna Lace Wrap Dress

Surely two things we love are better than one. That’s why we’ve taken our stretch lace (of Zarita fame) and created this fresh new wrap dress for springtime fêtes. With delicate scalloped edges and a soft jersey lining, the sweet Julianna is ready to celebrate with gilded accessories like the dance-all-night Kinder sandal, the sleek After 6 clutch, and a fluid, dazzling drape necklace. The best news of all? The Julianna also comes in sleeveless and gown silhouettes, so that’s three new things we love!

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My Blue Heaven

We love the world through the eyes of Natalie Joos: witty, unexpected and always with a vintage twist. The stylist extraordinaire took our Spring Collection to L.A., where she found herself some It girls and fabulous locales and started snapping away. Over the next few weeks we’ll be revealing Natalie’s gorgeous, sun-soaked images, so check back, and read more about the shoot, inspiration, and tips for wearing these Spring styles now.

Tell us about your inspiration for the shoot.
The inspiration started with the clothes. Diane and her team had envisioned this collection in Saint-Tropez. It was for the fun, chic and relaxed girl on the French Riviera. Names like Brigitte Bardot came to mind and I felt it had something ‘50s too. Since I was going to be in Los Angeles, I imagined this collection could work very well in a pastel-colored environment, with a retro twist. When my producer showed me the Pink Motel, I know we had to shoot there. The rest was all improv.

And how did you decide on the girls?
I always have my ear on the ground for the new It girls. In each city I visit and want to shoot, I find out from reliable resources, in this case one of my previous muses and local LA girl, who the cool kids on the block are. Then I do my research online and on Instagram and start to form my own image of them. Z Berg looked really fun and photogenic and I loved the fact that she was in a band. She suggested to shoot with her friend Paige, a very pretty girl who happens to be dating one of Z’s exes. I loved the organic nature of the process. As soon as we spoke on the phone I knew we’d have fun together. They had the right kind of energy and enthusiasm.

What about the Spring Collection drew you to an old hotel in LA?
We had a lot of different ideas before we landed on the hotel. We thought about a house with a pool, or the beach, or the Venice canals. But in the end we thought the colors would pop best at the Pink Motel. For me the collection has a retro feel, a little bit ‘60s at times, sometimes ‘70s, and I thought it worked well against an old pastel backdrop like that. It would also give the shoot that Cali feeling.

How does New York vintage differ from California vintage?
California vintage is more grunge and bohemian. New York is a little bit more structured I would say. But in the end every vintage store caters to the same customer. We all love old things and we wear them all over the world.

What was your favorite piece to work with?
I am really smitten with the little bralets. They’re so pretty and sexy!

Diane loves an unexpected twist, and your work seems to capture that so well. What can you tell us about the art of the unexpected?
In order to keep people interested you have to keep changing and moving forward. People get so bored of repetition. They want to be surprised, or shocked, or simply amazed. I am not a fan of the banal. I am always looking for new ways to not only inspire myself but also others. Fashion is about experimenting and about having fun. And if you want to keep people’s attention, you have to keep them on their toes.

Travel is such a frequent part of your work…what are your travel essentials? 
I am a little bit of a travel expert now, I think. Packing happens on autopilot. Foremost I need earplugs! Can’t sleep without them. A moisturizing mask. A good book. My favorite sunglasses. My running shoes and gear.

Finally, for those of us for whom Spring has arrived but it’s still freezing, any tips on how to wear the things we love now?
The key is cashmere, on your bare skin. It should be your first layer: a tight fitting cashmere long sleeve T-shirt. I guarantee nothing gets through. I wore a white one under my Spring shirt for the DVF show, and it became super ‘70s like that. I wore “summer” pants during the Fall shows but I wore wool tights under them. Always a hat, to prevent your body from cooling down. Gloves. And at least 3 layers.
Winter doesn’t get to me at all.

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News

You’re Invited!

In celebration of International Women’s Day, please join us at any DVF boutique Friday, March 6th – Sunday, March 9th. We’ll be giving 15% of proceeds to the organizations nominated for the People’s Voice Award at the 2015 DVF Awards. You will also receive 15% off your full-price in-store purchase.

Give back and get back, and enjoy champagne and treats all weekend!

Each year, extraordinary women are selected as nominees for the People’s Voice Award. Prior honorees, who each won a $50,000 grant to further their cause, are Katherine Chon (2010), who was shocked to learn about domestic human trafficking, and founded Polaris Project to abolish it; Taryn Davis (2011), a young military widow who founded the American Widow Project to provide peer support for others in her situation; Layli Miller-Muro (2012), who created the Tahirih Justice Center to protect immigrant women and girls from gender-based violence; Tammy Tibbets (2013) who founded She’s the First to empower people to raise funds for girls’ education in developing nations and Veronica Scott (2014) who started the innovative Empowerment Plan, which employs homeless mothers in Detroit to make a convertible sleeping bag coat for other homeless individuals.

The DVF People’s Voice Award is chosen by popular vote. Starting Friday, March 6, visit DVFAWARDS.COM to learn about the 2015 nominees, be inspired to make your own change, and vote for a woman who is making a difference!

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Weekend Ready:
Gingham

You’ve met the new gingham clutch, gingham for the work week, gingham on a romantic new wrap. If that seems like enough of the season’s hottest print, we’d like to point out that something’s missing from the lineup: the perfect casual weekend look. In the print that’s equal parts vintage and absolutely of the moment, this chic bracelet-sleeve Giselle top and perfectly proportioned Fausta short might possibly be our favorite look of all!

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SO DVF:
February

Diane likes to say her designs are the friends in your closet. When you’re running late, but still need to feel your best, she’s there. So we’re not too surprised to spot stars in effortless jumpsuits, tried-and-true lace, and easy maxi dresses during the busiest, most exciting, most glamorous (and most photographed!) time of the year for Hollywood’s brightest.

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Go For It:
The Cut-out Floral

Confession: that blockbuster Matisse show? We visited it well, frequently. But months before our infatuation, while MoMA was still busy collecting Cut-outs, those works were a hot topic in our print room. Matisse’s technique inspired a bold modern floral in our Spring collection. And speaking of bold, that’s our favorite way to go with the print—a crisp pleated skirt and bra top are our new favorites for weekend travel. We’ll throw on a light scarf (and sensible-yet-chic sandals) for exploring the town, then leave it behind for a striking after dark look.

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Love Diane:
Oscar Week in LA

This year I had to leave New York Fashion Week early to fly to LA. I was holding my annual lunch honoring the female Oscar nominees with my cohosts Hilary Swank and Anne Sweeney. The luncheon was a lovely moment of peace in the garden of my Beverly Hills house and twenty nominees came to celebrate one another.

The rest of the week was not to be that peaceful. Shooting episode 2 of the second season of House of DVF took me all around LA, where I was also visiting my children and grandchildren who live there. On Saturday, Barry and I hosted our annual picnic for Graydon Carter of Vanity Fair. Beautiful weather came along and lots of friends with children came too, to eat and play under our large oak tree. At the last minute I cancelled most parties but I did put on a glittery blue dress to go to the Vanity Fair dinner and watch the Oscars. I wonder how much hairspray and vodka is consumed that week in LA ?

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Think Pink:
Modern Toile

Inspired by Brigitte Bardot on her visits to Picasso’s studio in the South of France, this polished pink toile is fit for a modern lady on streamlined silhouettes; a shift dress and sleek jacket are the perfect canvas for the print. Bring out the traced floral with a white Bethany pump and a generous black and gingham clutch. Just add a tousled blowout and a smoky eye for the full runway effect.

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