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Jessica Joffe’s Spring Picks

Better late than never, amirite? Finally temperatures in the Frozen Apple constitute something approaching springtime, so we should all mark the occasion by shedding our somber winter layers and running into the streets with as little obstructing our limbs as possible to embark on a multi-month dialogue with the sunshine.

Lace is a wonderfully transitional and celebratory fabric, and cut into a loose, casual shape these long sleeve tops (in a nautical stripe, or green to match the crocuses rearing their little heads) are spring staples for me. Paired with a nautical striped short or our new and deliciously high-waisted kick-flare denim you’ll be the best dressed girl in your neighborhood as everyone else figures out how to adjust their dark winter wardrobe to the newly vibrant surroundings.

Speaking of vibrant, cameras may be the new accessory, but if you can’t take a photo to save your life (like yours truly) just fake it by carrying this very convincing camera clutch. No one will ever know the difference. Add a selfie-stick to complete the ruse.

Sunglasses are a must, even indoors. It means you can more or less roll out of bed, save at least 3 minutes you would otherwise spend covering up last night’s sins and still look cooler than everyone you’re with. Aviators also add a dash of mystery. Maybe you’re really a fighter pilot and haven’t told anyone.

If you’re in the mood to bare those legs (which should be the universal mandate as soon as temperatures rise above 32) this whimsical cotton floral dress is your best friend. Throw a leather jacket over it to punk it up, or a cashmere cardigan to sweeten it up; no matter what mood you’re in, you can always wear it with our new spring sandal. With a low heel so perfectly young, modern and practical you may have to get it in every color. Good news: our store is stocked. Happy spring!

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Looking Forward:
The Lillie Gown

The Lillie gown debuted at a sun-kissed runway show in downtown Manhattan, transformed in canopies of white to evoke a terrace in the South of France. For day, there were sweet gingham separates. For the evening, great lengths of yellow chiffon floated past, ushering in visions of effortless glamour. As April dawns, that summer is finally within reach. As we plan our getaways, we’re dreaming of the Lillie—styled with some gingham of course!

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DVF Loves the Rockettes!

We’re all over the map! While we’ve been building a new shop downtown, we’ve also been designing for the ultimate uptown girls… those legendary, leggy Rockettes! They’re celebrating the city in a fresh and fashionable new show, the New York Spring Spectacular, and it features custom wrap rompers in an assortment of standout DVF prints.
We snuck backstage for a minute with these NYC stars and let’s just say, you won’t want to miss the show! Now, take a first look at DVF on the one and only Rockettes.

The New York Spring Spectacular runs through Sunday, May 3. Learn more.

 

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Wear Now:
Weekday Color

Your go-to wear to work dress, the Bevina is the epitome of weekday chic. Flattering short sleeves and side ruching mean you can leave the blazer at home, and a wide v-neck is perfect for showcasing something shiny and new. Pair this knee-length sheath with a flattering nude pump, and a petite tote for all those workday essentials.

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Davina:
The Bathing Dress

The Davina is truly inspired by life on the beach–Diane calls it the bathing dress, as it channels the woman arriving to dine with a sarong tied over her suit. In a dramatic gown length, the floating Davina brings that je ne said quoi, even away from the sea breeze. Keep accessories bold and sexy: a big gold bangle, the indispensable Vera heel, and a pink After 6 should do the trick!

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Looking Forward:
The Lillie Gown

The Lillie gown debuted at a sun-kissed runway show in downtown Manhattan, transformed in canopies of white to evoke a terrace in the South of France. For day, there were sweet gingham separates. For the evening, great lengths of yellow chiffon floated past, ushering in visions of effortless glamour. As April dawns, that summer is finally within reach. As we plan our getaways, we’re dreaming of the Lillie—styled with some gingham of course!

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Wear Now:
Weekday Color

Your go-to wear to work dress, the Bevina is the epitome of weekday chic. Flattering short sleeves and side ruching mean you can leave the blazer at home, and a wide v-neck is perfect for showcasing something shiny and new. Pair this knee-length sheath with a flattering nude pump, and a petite tote for all those workday essentials.

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Highlights

Jessica Joffe’s Spring Picks

Better late than never, amirite? Finally temperatures in the Frozen Apple constitute something approaching springtime, so we should all mark the occasion by shedding our somber winter layers and running into the streets with as little obstructing our limbs as possible to embark on a multi-month dialogue with the sunshine.

Lace is a wonderfully transitional and celebratory fabric, and cut into a loose, casual shape these long sleeve tops (in a nautical stripe, or green to match the crocuses rearing their little heads) are spring staples for me. Paired with a nautical striped short or our new and deliciously high-waisted kick-flare denim you’ll be the best dressed girl in your neighborhood as everyone else figures out how to adjust their dark winter wardrobe to the newly vibrant surroundings.

Speaking of vibrant, cameras may be the new accessory, but if you can’t take a photo to save your life (like yours truly) just fake it by carrying this very convincing camera clutch. No one will ever know the difference. Add a selfie-stick to complete the ruse.

Sunglasses are a must, even indoors. It means you can more or less roll out of bed, save at least 3 minutes you would otherwise spend covering up last night’s sins and still look cooler than everyone you’re with. Aviators also add a dash of mystery. Maybe you’re really a fighter pilot and haven’t told anyone.

If you’re in the mood to bare those legs (which should be the universal mandate as soon as temperatures rise above 32) this whimsical cotton floral dress is your best friend. Throw a leather jacket over it to punk it up, or a cashmere cardigan to sweeten it up; no matter what mood you’re in, you can always wear it with our new spring sandal. With a low heel so perfectly young, modern and practical you may have to get it in every color. Good news: our store is stocked. Happy spring!

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DVF Loves the Rockettes!

We’re all over the map! While we’ve been building a new shop downtown, we’ve also been designing for the ultimate uptown girls… those legendary, leggy Rockettes! They’re celebrating the city in a fresh and fashionable new show, the New York Spring Spectacular, and it features custom wrap rompers in an assortment of standout DVF prints.
We snuck backstage for a minute with these NYC stars and let’s just say, you won’t want to miss the show! Now, take a first look at DVF on the one and only Rockettes.

The New York Spring Spectacular runs through Sunday, May 3. Learn more.

 

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Davina:
The Bathing Dress

The Davina is truly inspired by life on the beach–Diane calls it the bathing dress, as it channels the woman arriving to dine with a sarong tied over her suit. In a dramatic gown length, the floating Davina brings that je ne said quoi, even away from the sea breeze. Keep accessories bold and sexy: a big gold bangle, the indispensable Vera heel, and a pink After 6 should do the trick!

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DVF Awards:
2012 Honoree Panmela Castro

As we look forward to the 6th annual DVF Awards this April, we’ll be sharing updates from some of our prior honorees on how their work has evolved since receiving The DVF Award.

2012 Vital Voices honoree Panmela Castro uses graffiti as a tool for spreading information. In 2006, when domestic violence law was established in her native Brazil, Panmela and her fellow artists used graffiti art to spread the knowledge to women in favelas who would not otherwise be aware of the new legal protections. The organization she founded, Rede NAMI, focuses on addressing gender inequality through art. She recently participated in the Barnard College Global Symposia Series.

Tell us about your DVF Awards experience.
Sometimes we isolate ourselves in our communities and wonder if the works we develop really make any change. When I received the news about the award, it gave me power to continue because someone was telling me that it was really important work. It moved me.

How has your organization evolved since 2012?
Before the awards, me and the urban artists who were doing this work with me, we knew that we were doing something important, but for society, we looked like “teenagers making art.” When Diane supported our work it told the world: “Hey people, these girls are really promoting change.” It was incredible because it changed completely the way people see us. And I am talking not just about the respect the award gave to the group. In practical terms, Rede NAMI was an informal organization and we became one of the most featured women’s rights NGOs in Rio de Janeiro. With all the structure, we could expand our work and make the possibility of bigger change. We got more and more people, companies and foundations supporting our work. I can say that we took the opportunity that DVF Award gave to us, we made ourselves better and now we are no longer “just the teenagers.” We grew.

What goals are you working towards next? What challenges must you overcome?
This month, finally, we approved in Brazil a law that makes the femicide a ediondo crime [the new law sets tougher penalties for the killing of women and girls]. But even with the laws working to change the position of women in our society, we need more transformation. We need a cultural shift. For this, in 2015 we are promoting the formation of a group of 32 women from different communities and professional areas that want to specialize in the street art culture. We will use this new group to start a new project of workshops where graffiti is a tool for promoting women’s rights. The focus of the new program coming in 2016 is to make women identify the violence in their lives, then make them not accept it anymore, and then, make them a promoter of this transformation.

For more information and to learn how you can help, visit http://www.redenami.com.

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California Dreaming

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. Read more about the girls who brought the clothes to life, and check back for more images from the L.A. shoot. Now, without further ado: the lovely Paige Elkington and Z Berg.

Tell us what you are working on now and what project you are most excited about?
Paige: I’m most excited about the handbag line I’m designing which will be out sometime next year. I’m also designing vintage inspired clothing with a friend, and making music with my boyfriend.
Z: I just finished a record with my band, Phases, that will be coming out on Warner Bros. this summer!

What are a few of your favorite places in L.A.?
Paige: Huntington Botanical Gardens and Fryman Canyon for when I’ve been inside for too long. The Rose Bowl Flea Market when I’m in the mood to hunt for antique treasures — which is usually always. For movies, I enjoy Cinefamily, which is charming cinema with the best programming around. The vintage market A Current Affair and Skylight Books for shopping. La Poubelle, Beachwood Cafe, and Chateau Marmont for food and drinks with friends.
Z: The Griffith Observatory, Dan Tana’s, my parents’ house, The ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier, the Bronson canyon hike that takes you behind the Hollywood sign so that you may look down upon its hidden bones, Dimples karaoke bar, and absolutely everywhere.

How would you describe your personal style? Do you change it up for L.A. or New York
Paige: My personal style is 90’s with a dash of 70’s. That said, I also wear what I watch. Say I’m watching Twin Peaks—the next day I’ll probably be dressing like Audrey Horne. In LA, I tend to be more wild with my outfits—feather jackets and jumpsuits. In New York I’m a bit more polished—trench coats and trousers.
Z: My style is definitely ever changing, but I think it always falls somewhere in between Cher Horowitz, Debbie Harry, Edie Sedgwick, and an old-time Parisian lady of the evening.  The shoes get a little more practical for New York.

Do you have any favorite vintage pieces in your wardrobe?
Paige: My Valentino silk chiffon palazzo pants, a Chimayo coat, and a few silk cheongsam dresses I’ve had tailored to my body.
Z: My eight inch high 70’s Vivian Westwood heels, my 60’s velvet Pucci shorts, A few tattered Victorian gowns that I refuse to let die, and my collection of Native American antique silver and Turquoise jewelry I got from my grandmother.

What are you most excited to wear this spring?
Paige: Neck scarves!
Z: Jumpsuits, platform sandals with exciting socks, unique wide brimmed hats, crop tops, bodysuits, and ballet gear.

Diane loves mantras. What are words that you live by?
Paige: “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
Z: Look alive!!! Pay attention! Appreciate each moment, for it may be your last. If life is not constantly freaking you out with its spectacular majesty, then you’re doing it wrong!

See more of Natalie’s L.A. shoot with Paige and Z here

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In Bloom:
The Claire Skirt

We can’t say enough about the sweetest print of the season, toile garden pink. This traditional floral shines on the Claire skirt, with contrast paneling that lends just enough edge for the modern lady. We’re nominating the Claire for all the season’s rooftop parties, with an easy silk t-shirt and flirty gingham accessories like the Vera heel, and a chic mini bag.

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Jessica Joffe:
Our Very Own DVF Gal Tali Lennox Gets a Solo Show!

22-year-old Tali Lennox, hitherto known as a model and Annie (Lennox)’s daughter, steps into her own this week with her first solo show of oil paintings called “Layers of Life” at a small live/work space gallery in Soho. It may not appear so, but the wildly varied (in style as well as subject matter) portraits in the show are all iterations of Tali: explorations of the self(ie) in the age of narcissism. At 22, Tali is simultaneously wise beyond her years and delightfully young; she is quick to reveal herself in speech but hides behind grand painterly gestures. With her unfettered manner and deep curiosity and discipline she is an artist very much on the verge.
When I met Tali shortly after she had moved to New York three years ago, she was a teenager still, all long limbs and hesitation. She had, with the blessing of both parents—her mother, Annie Lennox, the musician, her father, Uri Fruchtmann, the producer—given up high school to pursue modeling and had been rewarded for it. She had walked every catwalk, appeared in every magazine, shilled for brands like Topshop and Burberry and at 19 was almost a veteran. She mentioned, though she had no formal training, that she was really an artist and showed me some pieces she was experimenting with: extraordinary cut paper sculptures that belied a talent neither amateurish nor ordinary. But the modeling jobs kept rolling in, and she told me it was hard to put in the sort of time required to build up a body of work, so she invested her creativity elsewhere. But then, over a fateful brunch last year she met Catherine Ahnell, the director of a live/work space on Grand Street that provides a month-long living space for artists with the stipulation that they do nothing but create enough work for a show by the end of their stay. Catherine offered Tali the space, and she moved into the virtually windowless gallery—a real-life incubator—sleeping and painting, only leaving to buy groceries across the street.
What emerges after the month is a group of striking self-portraits drawing inspiration from Lucian Freud, Cindy Sherman, Francis Bacon and Jenny Saville: arresting and violent in some cases, haunting and camp in others, all of them beautiful and searching. There is a candid exploration in the portraits, not just of multiple versions of herself as a woman but also the artist she is becoming: a very special one.

Scroll through for Tali’s work, and her turn in our Vintage Story shot at Cloudwalk Farm by Natalie Joos. Visit “Layers of Life” at Catherine Ahnell Gallery through April 19.

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Work to Weekend:
The Carrie Dress

The Carrie little black dress is ready for business. With a sharp colorblock pump and a graphic clutch, she joins a grand tradition of simple statement chic. The Carrie little white dress can’t wait for a Saturday morning stroll, with a sweet Bea sneaker and a crossbody bag. One flattering shape, in one versatile stretch fabric. The only thing that’s up for debate is which Carrie is more essential.

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Coming Soon:
Our Third NYC Shop!

We’re thrilled to announce DVF’s third New York City location… on Thursday, March 26 we are opening our doors at Brookfield Place! We invite you all to celebrate the occasion with treats and champagne all day and a visit from our Global Brand Ambassador, Brittany Hampton, from 6-8pm.*

To further fête downtown’s newest destination, we’re sharing some of our favorite spots in the area. So mark your calendar for a downtown day on March 26, and in the meantime, follow us on Twitter at @DVFBrookfieldPl.

Urban Archaeology
Art Nouveau lamps, art deco railings, one-of-a-kind clocks… this is the perfect spot to find salvaged and original treasures to create an elegant, eclectic space.

The Mysterious Bookshop
We’d come in for the name alone, but a charming shop and 35 years of expertise in mystery books and periodicals, first editions and rare editions certainly doesn’t hurt.

The Odeon
A true New York City classic, everyone from Andy Warhol to Lorne Michaels has been a regular–for good reason. Stop in for the Niçoise, a glass of wine, and the people watching of course!

Drybar
Champagne, treats, and sunny décor. What’s not to love about Alli Webb’s blowout bar? Make a quick stop here between a new look from DVF and dinner with the girls.

Pier 25 – Hudson River Park
Between hiking, swimming and sailing, Diane is always inspired by the outdoors. This park is a sweet escape within the city with lawns, games, and a perfect river view.

Tribeca Film Center
This community center for filmmakers also hosts the annual Tribeca Film Festival. Prepare to be moved, entertained and inspired from April 15-26 (but get your tickets now)!

DVF Brookfield
We’re new to the neighborhood! Our third New York City shop is the best place in Lower Manhattan to explore our ready-to-wear and accessories collections.

 

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