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About Last Night:
Celebrating Spring 17

Editors, friends and fashion week fixtures joined Diane last night as she fêted new Chief Creative Officer Jonathan Saunders and his first collection for DVF, a modern reimagining of print and color that debuted over the weekend in a series of intimate appointments at a bright white space on Little West 12th Street.

Karlie Kloss, Jessica Hart, Leandra Medine, Miroslova Duma, Hamish Bowles, and Allison Williams—who looked ravishing in a pale blue sundress from the Spring 17 collection—exchanged the requisite air kisses in the newly revamped Beatrice Inn.

As the crowd sipped champagne and house Negronis, Jonathan, Diane and CEO Paolo Riva celebrated the momentous weekend; one that marks a clear and promising direction for the future of DVF.

“It’s not just a collection, it’s a concept,” said Diane von Furstenberg, who has officially passed the creative reins to her worthy successor, “and I couldn’t be happier.”

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The Asheton Culotte Two Ways

An essential fashion statement, the culotte is also a super versatile piece for summer: it provides the comfort of a short, but covers you enough for the office… it’s a chic alternative to a cocktail dress. Basically, with subtle tweaks you can wear this style anywhere summer takes you.
For a rooftop party or evening in Montauk, you’ll be immune to gusts of wind in the Asheton culotte with a silk tee, plus a colorful crossbody and perforated cage heel. Come Monday morning, re-wear them with a silk tie blouse, pumps and a petite navy tote. We’re so in love with this style it also comes in light chambray for high summer, and a soft navy leather for transitioning to fall.

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Zodiac Girls:
In Conversation with Nikita M’Bouroukounda and Pamela Katz

In celebration of the DVF Zodiac Collection, we went behind the scenes of the Brooklyn photo shoot and caught up with a couple of women who are designing their own destinies in the most fabulous ways: DJ Pamela Katz and Accessories Designer (of the DVF Zodiac Collection) Nikita M’Bouroukounda. As astrologer Shelley von Strunckel writes, “Dynamic Leos live with a zest that suggests they have their own power source.” So it should come as no surprise that both of these inspiring women were born under the sign of the lion.

DVF: What was the inspiration behind the DVF Zodiac Collection?

Nikita: The inspiration behind the DVF Zodiac Collection was a scarf designed by a friend of Diane’s that depicts paintings of each zodiac sign. The scarf sparked Diane’s idea to create this special collection.

Tell us about the process and stages in making this collection come to life. 

The style for this collection is in the same spirit as the monkey bag charm I created for the Chinese New Year. Also, because DVF is a love brand, I incorporated hearts into each of the designs. The designs really come to life with the colorful mixture of leathers selected for each motif in collaboration with the rest of the accessories design team.

Tell us about your own personal style and how it has evolved.

Over time my style has become more bold. I like to mix vintage and new pieces into my looks and have definitely embraced prints since joining the DVF team. Also, accessories are very important to my style. A cool shoe and a good bag can elevate any look!

DVF: You’re a DJ, model and fashion assistant. How do you balance these different projects? Can you describe the path that led you to be involved in each of these worlds?

Pamela: I started as a fashion assistant for the brand LoveShackFancy. There, I met some amazing people and they helped to get my hands into other baskets. I started styling on set with some of the former Cosmopolitan girls and that familiarized me a little bit more with on-set life. I absolutely thrived in that area and ended up being pursued often to model for look books, campaigns, editorials, etc. This was fun! But still considered a freelance life. About a year into this, I got approached by a talent management company known as PRE.VEYOR and we started working together in the DJ space! Fortunately for me, DJing is usually a night shift! So I can sometimes get a shoot and a DJ gig in one day. Those are the best!

What does an average day look like for you? Any new projects you’re working on?

An average day for me really varies. It could be casting calls, coffee meetings, showroom modeling, on-set styling, on-set as talent, practicing my DJing, DJing, walking my english bulldog Dexter, working a trunk show, coming up with new projects, networking, etc. I am endlessly creating myself!

Tell us about the shoot day. What was it like behind the scenes?

The shoot took place in Brooklyn. It was pretty fun working with the other girls. It made the shoot more natural and playful. The diversity of personalities made the shoot special – everyone got a chance to be themselves and embrace their different signs.

So what’s your sign?

I am most definitely a Leo!

And how is that reflected in your style?

My hair is like a mane. Sometimes it makes me look like a lion (or a mermaid)! It definitely makes me act like a lion; bold, confident, courageous, kind of like I can conquer the world. I feel the most in my element and confident when my hair is down and just natural out of the shower. As for my style evolution, I would say I am and always have been pretty true to the same style. Not so trendy, always classic! When asked to describe my personal style I say “cool, classic, and clean.” I have always beat to my own drum with it. I find the less I try, the cooler I look. Leos are leaders after all, aren’t they?

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The Summer Friday Look

Summer Fridays are ideal for beating the traffic out of town (if that’s on the agenda, check out our beach weekend packing guide), and for doing all those things you love doing – and rave about to out of town visitors– but can never quite squeeze into the routine of work/family/friends/errands/gym. So today we’ll be packing up early and heading to the Met (with a gelato stop on the way!) in a look that can go from meetings to out-of-office in a snap: museum-friendly flats, sunglasses for the stroll, a petite crossbody and the Denny shirt dress. You’ll find us in the Decorative Arts section, looking for the Florentine tiles that inspired our prints!

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In the Bag:
Beach Getaway Essentials

Ocean, sea, river, lake… it’s beach getaway season and no matter where that may take you, you’re going to need a perfect bikini, perhaps some items to throw over it at lunch, and a few of those little paper drink umbrellas because yes, summer is finally here!

The Bikini: This one may be named for the Italian Riviera, but it looks just as chic at a swimming hole in the woods or on a boat in the Bahamas.

The Culotte: A lightweight denim pair is an easy way to cover up in the sun. Just add an easy button-down or a printed tank. Which brings us to…

The Mixed Prints: Skip the basic jeans-and-tee. On day two, pair that tank with silk shorts for a playful mixed print look that’s as light as it is chic.

The Ballet Flat: All the comfort of the classic, plus playful ties that shout “out of office!”

The Sunglasses: Compliment all this color with a blush pair of shades.

The Security Blanket: That’s what Diane calls our big, printed scarves, and we couldn’t agree more. Sarong, umbrella, airplane blanket… this colorful Grace scarf does it all!

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Just In:
The New Jewelry

This week we’ve been talking about summertime blues and what to do about them. Well, two words for you: It’s Friday! And now, if you’re reading this say, next Monday, here’s two more: Treat yourself. Gelato works, if that’s your thing. Personally, we favor something a bit more lasting and sparkly. That’s why we love this month’s new crop of jewelry, featuring organic agate stones and a whole lot of our signature gold shine. With a dramatic cuff bracelet, elegant drop earrings and a delicate beaded necklace, we like to think there’s something here to brighten any mood.

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Summertime Blues

As of this posting, it is 70 degrees in New York City, with nothing but sunshine visible from our office windows. As much as we love what we do (not to mention reporting for duty in a light-filled building with a crystal-encrusted “stairdelier”…), in this particular moment we’d rather be at a picnic, headed to the beach, or on a jet to Sardinia with no return ticket. But here we are, and we’re going to make the most of it with a sleek summer look: a wear to work sheath updated with a flattering twist front, a practical tote and on-trend mules with practical perforated details. Don’t forget the sunglasses, and a strong coffee… you’ll need it for that last-minute rooftop dinner you’re about to plan!

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Inside the 2016 CFDA Awards

“A disruptive genius fearless in her art, she is a risk taker, a rule maker and a rule breaker,” Diane told the crowd. “The image of a woman being in charge has never looked more glamorous and more desirable…” That woman in charge was none other than Beyoncé, to whom Diane presented the prestigious Fashion Icon Award at last night’s CFDA Awards. Once an intimate affair at Lincoln Center, the event got a serious upgrade this year, moving to the Hammerstein Ballroom which was transformed for the evening, complete with a raspberry carpet, an Instagram-powered flower wall for epic Boomerangs, a glamorous seated dinner and, of course, awards recognizing fashion’s biggest stars, from game changing up-and-coming designers like Brandon Maxwell, to internationally lauded names like Marc Jacobs and Alessandro Michele.
Diane, the Chairman of the CFDA, was busy with hostess duties, but managed to host a table with DVF CEO Paolo Riva and Creative Director Jonathan Saunders, plus models of the moment Martha Hunt and Sara Sampaio, who both selected romantic lace pieces from the DVF Fall 2016 Collection to wear for the celebration of creativity and American fashion.
As Diane’s words did justice (as much as one can) to Beyoncé’s stardom, it was Beyoncé herself who gave the best tribute to the audience of designers, retailers and other industry insiders who champion American design, and make the fashion industry work:
“I want to say thank you to every designer that works tirelessly to make people feel like they can write their own story. You all are fairy godmothers and magicians and sculptors — sometimes even our therapists. I encourage you to not forget this power that you have or take it lightly. We have an opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or magazine cover and see her own reflection. Soul has no color, no shape, no form. Just like all of your work, it goes so far beyond what the eyes can see, and you have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower and to show people how to embrace their complications and see the flaws and the true beauty and strength that’s inside all of us.”

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Meet the Parents

The wrap dress is seductive enough to wear for dinner with your boyfriend, and conservative enough to wear for dinner with his parents. So says Diane, and who are we to argue? If this summer has you jetting off to meet the family, read on.
The thing about the wrap dress is that it’s totally versatile: the self-tie belt allows a high or low neckline, depending on your mood. This one is made in our signature silk jersey, which looks chic, resists wrinkling, and will feel as soft as pajamas when you’re curled up on the plane. Equally important is a pair of shoes to take you confidently through the trip, and a mid-heeled bootie gives a lift and will survive the home-and-garden tour you’ll be getting before your suitcase is even stowed. Speaking of stowage, we do believe in karma, so once you’ve promised mom that her old copy of “Miss Manners” is coming with you, bring it! Just do so in a chic tote with room to spare for a book you’d actually like to read. Bon voyage!

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The Wrap Dress Three Ways

Wrinkle free and easy to pack, the wrap dress has long been a summer fixture. So, naturally, warmer days have us dreaming of far away places and fresh new ways to wear the wrap. The possibilities are endless, of course, but here’s a few to get the season started.

Wide Open: For the adventurous spirit, the Bethanie wrap is perfectly undone over your favorite tank top and cut-off shorts. (As seen on Jodie Snyder of Dannijo, left).

Play It Straight: If you like to keep things simple, let the Irina wrap stand alone for a look that’s classic and cool. (As seen on Shea Marie, middle).

Cold Shoulder: For an unexpected twist on summer’s off-the-shoulder trend, look no further than this smart styling trick: tuck the hem of your New Julian wrap dress under, securing it with a tight tie at the waist. Then, pull the shoulders down for a surprising statement top that’s perfectly of the moment. (As seen on Danielle Snyder of Dannijo, right).

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The Rebel Bridesmaid

We’ve moved on from the days of cupcake dresses in pastel colors, past the era of strapless purple chiffon one could almost wear again, to a world where bridesmaids can be (semi-matching) individuals with personal style. Floor-length black is a common directive, and if you didn’t squeal with joy at the excuse to buy a gown, we’ve got your look: the Blithe jumpsuit. Playful, feminine, (and long and black), this ruffled halter style features a wide leg pant that will read like a gown, without a skirt to trip over. Go classic with your jewelry, like this cuff and fine drop earrings, and opt for a secure heel in black or nude. Then, add a bit of fun with your bag, like this zip top Zodiac pouch. After all, you never know what fate will bring you at a wedding. Oh, and one last thing: send the bride a photo before mentioning you’ll be in pants, and we’re sure she’ll be thrilled with the final result!

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