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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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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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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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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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News

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

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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Go Green:
Garden Party

A runway favorite, the Amana jacket is endlessly versatile in fresh twill garden, a bright floral grounded in black for day-to-night ease. The lightweight silk jacket pairs perfectly with a black pump and Sophia dress in spring green toile for a chic party look, or with jeans and a white tee for brunch with friends. No matter the look, a generous white clutch is there for your wallet, phone and Bardot-pink lipstick.

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Brittany’s #NYFW Instagram Diary

See New York Fashion Week through the eyes of our Brand Ambassador, Brittany Hampton. From show prep to jetting away to backstage and parties, take a peek at Brittany’s #NYFW Instagram Diary.

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Jessica Joffe on Diane’s Oscar Luncheon

During the most densely social week of the year in Hollywood, 60 women–including 20 of this year’s Oscar nominees–took a chunk out of their no doubt very busy day to celebrate each other in the idyllic surroundings of Diane’s Beverly Hills home. As Rita Ora ran up the garden stairs in a jumpsuit straight off Sunday’s runway she exclaimed, “This is my dream house!”

Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike arrived with baby Atom in tow only for fellow nominee Meryl Streep to swoop him up in her arms and fawn over him along with Diane. With fairy godmothers like that, who needs blood relatives?!

Ava DuVernay, the stunningly talented director of “Selma,” talked about her upcoming film and TV projects and let herself be inundated with praise for her glorious film as the guests scattered around the house and gardens. Oscar nominees Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and producer Susan Downey sat with various members of the Academy while Dianne Warren and Malin Akerman decamped to the garden.

The camaraderie between the women, but particularly the nominees, was palpable and only grew when Diane took to the microphone, reminding everyone in the room that solidarity breeds strength, that gratitude and humility for one’s gifts is a daily practice. Her cohost, the twice decorated Oscar winner Hilary Swank, chimed in how honored she was to be in the presence of such an impressive group of women, followed by third cohost Anne Sweeney. Of course Diane could not resist singling out Meryl Streep for her extraordinary and unparalleled contribution to film, so Meryl responded by reminding all of us what an extraordinary contribution Diane has made to womankind by building up the Vital Voices network and its Women in the World Conference. “You put your money where your mouth is!” She went on to say how pleased she was to be in one room with so much female talent but that next year she wanted to see “the entire grounds covered in nominees!”

As dessert was being served I caught up with Rita Ora, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Carmen Ejogo, bathed in a celestial light–more beautiful than the three graces. Rita and Carmen dragged each other over to Meryl to take a picture as Rita confided that she had never been more nervous to do anything in her life!

As the guests dispersed, Rosamund and Atom stayed for a last moment in the sun under an enormous 200-year-old tree, a momentary respite before Sunday’s ceremony.

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SO DVF:
NYFW Edition

From ladylike to downright daring, DVF looks have been popping up all over Fashion Week! Flip through for style inspiration from Olivia Palermo, Ariana Grande, and more.

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Seduction:
Fall 2015 Show Day

The stars converged downtown at dusk: Anna Wintour brought the drama and Rachel Zoe the glamour as they entered a world of black lace and lacquer red: our Seduction Fall ’15 runway show. Olivia Palermo, Jessica Hart, Brittany Hampton and Jessica Joffe were all bohemian glam in DVF Pre-Fall. Coco Rocha and Kesha dazzled in embellished white DVF, and DJ/model Leigh Lazark stopped runway traffic in a stunning Riviera Spring look. In her front row seat, model/activist Bethann Hardison was all smiles, as was YouTube sensation Bethany Mota.

After much commotion (and even more air kisses) the lights went down and the show began. From Kendall in a draped white wrap, to Jourdan in a midnight embellished gown, it’s safe to say the audience was seduced!

Day-to-night allure was the theme of our Fall 2015 collection…the woman is a double agent: structured and sleek in the workplace, and a femme fatale on her own time. And Diane certainly was her own best example yesterday. Preparing for the show, she moved quickly through the action-packed backstage maze, from interviews to checking the set to the blur of hair and makeup, where cameras flocked around show opener Kendall Jenner. By night, she draped on banquettes and entertained friends at DVF Studio headquarters.

Those headquarters had also been transformed with rich reds and lace, not to mention a feast from Indochine. Style stars, musicians, artists and Vogue girls mingled with Diane, her family and her closest friends, chatting, lounging and dancing before they too slipped into the night.

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