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Print of the Moment:
Papillon Ombré

We need to take a moment for this print, papillon ombré. The epitome of our Spring collection, which was inspired by a painting of the goddess Fortuna surrounded by jewels and butterflies (“papillon” is the French word for butterfly), this print is a celebration of all the joy and renewal of the season. It also happens to be romantic, colorful and easy to wear on this bohemian Stephania maxi wrap dress. The long skirt, accented with delicate ruffles is a perfect canvas for the print. Wear it with statement heels, or go barefoot in the grass, à la Fortuna… just add the jewels!

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Diane’s London Luncheon

On Friday, the Mark’s Club was filled with spring flowers and copies of Diane’s memoir in anticipation of an intimate luncheon for some of her London-based friends and collaborators. Elisa Sednaoui, Lucy Williams, Susie Lau, Sabine Getty, Laura Bailey, Noor Fares and more were in attendance, setting the stage for a reunion of the town’s creative set. Guests were greeted with hugs, kisses and, of course, a round of champagne. Then, as the group sat down for tuna tartare and fresh spring greens, the catch up turned to a master course in confidence, as Diane led an open, inspiring conversation on becoming the woman you want to be.

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Love Diane:
The Party of the Year

The Met Ball is the party of the year! It is Anna Winter’s tour de force to bring the most glamorous crowd to see the latest extraordinary exhibit from the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum. This year’s theme is technology and fashion, so the dresses I designed for my guests and myself will be tied to that intersection.

Usually I am not someone who goes to great effort to get ready for a party… but this one takes most of a day to get ready ! It starts by trying to have a restful weekend in the country and recuperate from jet lag (I just flew in from Paris on Friday). I try not to make meetings on the day of the gala, as it is such a busy day with final fittings, and trying to beat all of the traffic and get uptown on time ! My only appointment is with Tracie Martyn, my facialist of many years, before a light lunch. Then I take a bath before my hair stylist and makeup artist arrive. My makeup is very consistent—Heidi, my makeup artist of many years, knows how to highlight my best features and knows the colors I love. For my hair this year I have a surprise. Inspired by a photo of me at a Rothschild Ball decades ago, I went to Deyrolle in Paris and bought 25 incredible butterflies. What do butterflies mean to technology, you will ask. Well, nature is still a pretty amazing technology, I will answer ! I showed the astonished salesperson my old photo and she cleverly figured out how to apply the butterflies without touching them. We both know that by the end of the night, they will have been pulverized !

For my guests I made metallic dresses, but for myself, I used a galaxy print in black and white. All the dresses have the same single drape… it is magical and so flattering. Tonight we will all meet at the Carlyle for caviar, photos, and vodka… to be ready for the majestic red carpet stairs ! Of course prior to that, I will take a selfie, post it on Instagram, and send it to the universe !

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Retail Therapy:
Spring Edition

Dad reminded you to be on time for grandma’s birthday… a week in advance (a hair dryer doesn’t break with seven days’ notice, for the record). Your sister texted, claiming mom’s vintage wrap as hers for the month. Your cousin’s registry is completely exhausted in the sub-$1000 range. Yes, it’s the season for family events, those days we love and cherish upon arrival, and dread every minute before. You always feel bad for grumbling your way there, so it’s time for some retail therapy to make spring gatherings something to look forward to.
The solution: Aching feet, great aunt’s comments about modern heel heights… nip it all in the bud with a chic pair of Cambridge flats. The color goes with everything, and a subtle gold trim feels respectful yet festive.
The conversation starter: Between a sleek choker and colorful drop earrings, there is a five percent chance grandma’s first comment won’t relate to relationship status.
The chic sidekick: This little bag will hold your wallet and keys, but let’s be honest—mostly it’s a gorgeous, crossbody iPhone case, since you’ll need it at the ready for Instagramming your awkward baby photos, and covertly texting your sister across the table.
The perfect dress: Skip the party dress for something flattering, happy and ready for warm weather. A bright cotton shirt dress is an ideal choice, and just playful enough for drinks with your sister following the main event. After all, there’s only so much gossip that can be passed under a table!

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Love Diane:
The Party of the Year

The Met Ball is the party of the year! It is Anna Winter’s tour de force to bring the most glamorous crowd to see the latest extraordinary exhibit from the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum. This year’s theme is technology and fashion, so the dresses I designed for my guests and myself will be tied to that intersection.

Usually I am not someone who goes to great effort to get ready for a party… but this one takes most of a day to get ready ! It starts by trying to have a restful weekend in the country and recuperate from jet lag (I just flew in from Paris on Friday). I try not to make meetings on the day of the gala, as it is such a busy day with final fittings, and trying to beat all of the traffic and get uptown on time ! My only appointment is with Tracie Martyn, my facialist of many years, before a light lunch. Then I take a bath before my hair stylist and makeup artist arrive. My makeup is very consistent—Heidi, my makeup artist of many years, knows how to highlight my best features and knows the colors I love. For my hair this year I have a surprise. Inspired by a photo of me at a Rothschild Ball decades ago, I went to Deyrolle in Paris and bought 25 incredible butterflies. What do butterflies mean to technology, you will ask. Well, nature is still a pretty amazing technology, I will answer ! I showed the astonished salesperson my old photo and she cleverly figured out how to apply the butterflies without touching them. We both know that by the end of the night, they will have been pulverized !

For my guests I made metallic dresses, but for myself, I used a galaxy print in black and white. All the dresses have the same single drape… it is magical and so flattering. Tonight we will all meet at the Carlyle for caviar, photos, and vodka… to be ready for the majestic red carpet stairs ! Of course prior to that, I will take a selfie, post it on Instagram, and send it to the universe !

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Print of the Moment:
Papillon Ombré

We need to take a moment for this print, papillon ombré. The epitome of our Spring collection, which was inspired by a painting of the goddess Fortuna surrounded by jewels and butterflies (“papillon” is the French word for butterfly), this print is a celebration of all the joy and renewal of the season. It also happens to be romantic, colorful and easy to wear on this bohemian Stephania maxi wrap dress. The long skirt, accented with delicate ruffles is a perfect canvas for the print. Wear it with statement heels, or go barefoot in the grass, à la Fortuna… just add the jewels!

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Retail Therapy:
Spring Edition

Dad reminded you to be on time for grandma’s birthday… a week in advance (a hair dryer doesn’t break with seven days’ notice, for the record). Your sister texted, claiming mom’s vintage wrap as hers for the month. Your cousin’s registry is completely exhausted in the sub-$1000 range. Yes, it’s the season for family events, those days we love and cherish upon arrival, and dread every minute before. You always feel bad for grumbling your way there, so it’s time for some retail therapy to make spring gatherings something to look forward to.
The solution: Aching feet, great aunt’s comments about modern heel heights… nip it all in the bud with a chic pair of Cambridge flats. The color goes with everything, and a subtle gold trim feels respectful yet festive.
The conversation starter: Between a sleek choker and colorful drop earrings, there is a five percent chance grandma’s first comment won’t relate to relationship status.
The chic sidekick: This little bag will hold your wallet and keys, but let’s be honest—mostly it’s a gorgeous, crossbody iPhone case, since you’ll need it at the ready for Instagramming your awkward baby photos, and covertly texting your sister across the table.
The perfect dress: Skip the party dress for something flattering, happy and ready for warm weather. A bright cotton shirt dress is an ideal choice, and just playful enough for drinks with your sister following the main event. After all, there’s only so much gossip that can be passed under a table!

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Love Diane

Diane’s London Luncheon

On Friday, the Mark’s Club was filled with spring flowers and copies of Diane’s memoir in anticipation of an intimate luncheon for some of her London-based friends and collaborators. Elisa Sednaoui, Lucy Williams, Susie Lau, Sabine Getty, Laura Bailey, Noor Fares and more were in attendance, setting the stage for a reunion of the town’s creative set. Guests were greeted with hugs, kisses and, of course, a round of champagne. Then, as the group sat down for tuna tartare and fresh spring greens, the catch up turned to a master course in confidence, as Diane led an open, inspiring conversation on becoming the woman you want to be.

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Earth Day on The High Line

Happy Earth Day! Nature has long been a source of inspiration at DVF, and today we said thank you by volunteering with our Friends of The High Line. It was a perfect day and a beautiful reminder of Mother Nature and all of her many charms. Scroll through for more photos and check out ways to get involved for Earth Day and beyond at http://www.thehighline.org/volunteers.

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Introducing the Iggy Collection

Summer calls for ethereal dresses, bright colors and the temporary retirement of your favorite black bags. To keep your downtown attitude and style alive in any warm weather look, we’ve launched the Iggy Collection, a family of bags with signature chain hardware on the shapes you want for summer. For the outdoor concert, there’s a petite crossbody saddlebag. For the day out (think: the baseball game that needs sunscreen in inning one, a sweater by inning five) there’s the roomy shoulder bag. And for all your evenings out, there’s a soft clutch with a slide through hand strap, card slots inside, a detachable shoulder strap… literally anything you could need for a summer night on the town!

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Collection Focus:
Snake Details

When you love animal prints as much as we do, you find fresh ways to integrate them into every day. For example, our DVF Secret Agent bags can be dressed up with a clutch in leopard-printed snakeskin. Spring’s go-to sandal for everything from errands to weddings is a playful mix of that same printed snake and shimmering gold. And bringing that luxe look to our ready-to-wear, dresses like the ethereal DVF Letty have been trimmed in faux snake, for a similar feel that goes beyond your basic little white dress. Tie them all together with sleek gold jewelry and you have a look that’s ready for garden parties and more.

If you can’t wait to wear this look, scroll through to see how model Alexis Ren styled the DVF Emlyn dress, now in-store, for NYFW in February!

 

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Coachella Dispatch:
The #Chillchella Brunch

Let’s talk about Coachella. The lineups are epic, the outfits are unreal and, these days, the music festival is just the beginning. These weekends in Palm Springs have turned into full-fledged reunions for the modern jetset with parties upon parties leading up to the main event. For a break from the bustle, we hosted an intimate Saturday brunch with Dannijo jewelry and SameSwim at a Palm Springs estate complete with flower-laden pergolas to provide respite from the sun. Dubbed “Chillchella,” the afternoon was a perfect kickoff to the weekend, with DJ Nikki Pennie spinning an eclectic, mellow mix to set the tone while guests, including Emily Ratajkowski, Olivia Culpo, Shea Marie and Andreja Pejic, chatted over coffee, cocktails and a multi-course brunch. As the day came to a close, Caroline Vreeland leaped into the pool, kicking off the playful, buzzing weekend to come.

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Treat Yourself:
Tax Day Shopping

It’s Tax Day, sort of. Monday may be the actual panic but since you forgot to change that alert on your phone, we know you woke up thinking about your refund, and thus your refund shopping list. A sudden windfall is quite simply the best reason ever to splurge. And the best thing to splurge on is jewelry, obviously.

Let’s not get crazy though. This woven chain link bracelet is bold and dynamic—and totally sensible for everyday in our signature gold plating (price per wear = practically nothing). Those stunning turquoise earrings and statement necklace? They show off semiprecious stones with luxe texture and color at a price you’d be willing to share with your spouse and/or your financial advisor. And if you owed the IRS this year well, don’t you need something to cheer you up?

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Festival Dressing (Coachella tickets optional)

Whether your weekend will be spent living off watermelon in the Palm Desert or catching up on Broad City is completely irrelevant here. Fashion influenced by the music pilgrimage is just part of summer, so here’s your all-in-one packing list/guide to pulling off the trend.
The Record Collection: Your Airbnb has a record player, and who knows what kind of vinyl. Come prepared with prior festival headliners that everyone will love (think AC/DC, Madonna) to get in the mood. Or, if you’re staying home, pick up some Guns N’ Roses, turn the volume to 10 and you’ll get the same general feel.
The Fringe Carryall: This crossbody bag has room for your wallet, camera, sunglasses, another pair of sunglasses, and a water bottle. Plus tons of boho fringe for an easy look all summer long. For Coachella-level fringe quantities, a tassel charm is an approved addition.
The Sunglasses: Obviously sun protection is a must. These shades will also hide your heat-induced mascara melt from everyone’s Snapchats.
The Boho Dress: Every weekend getaway – actually, make that every weekend – needs at least one knockout look. Go full bohemian with this off-the-shoulder dress in a nature-inspired print that’s perfect for festival kickoff parties, and your best friend’s rooftop birthday.
The Day Look: For daytime at the festival, we’ll just remind you they’re forecasting 94 degrees. Go for white pointelle and cotton separates to stay and look cool.
The All Day Sandals: An espadrille platform lends the comfort, while gold leather ties add the flair. If these survive the fields, they’re sure to become your go-to pair for carrying on festival style all summer long.

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Color Story:
Coral

April’s new arrivals revolve around a rich coral hue straight from the ocean. That is, after all, what happens when you give a designer inspired by nature an underwater camera! Our favorite Emerson romper is refreshed in the summer-ready shade, or for just a touch, an effortless slide sandal and new aviator bring color to tee shirts and jeans. Continuing that under-the-sea theme in a wearable, modern way, the texture of a starfish has been reimagined in abstract prints on the bias-cut Dita slip dress and our breezy Baylee tank—essential summer styles all brought to life by one brilliant hue.

 

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