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Your (Grown Up) Graduation Look

If you’re anything like us, your undergraduate under-gown situation was… cringeworthy. So today we’re tackling the medical/law/graduate/business school graduation look, so you can show everybody you’ve learned a lot these past few years—including from your sartorial mistakes. Let’s start with the obvious: this Kera dress has gorgeous embellishment that screams celebration, on a silhouette with confident ease. A ladylike bag like this Soirée in blossom pink will be timeless in photos, but adds playful texture with a patchwork of luxe lizard. Keep the rest of your accessories simple, adding just a drop earring (to leave room for any bejeweled gifts!). And now, the shoes. If you’re facing a multi-part affair, we recommend a chic succession of footwear: a brilliant lace up flat (coming soon!) for large day occasions, followed by a sophisticated heel for your intimate celebrations… and networking events in the months to come!

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SO DVF:
The 2016 Met Gala

Scroll through for a final look at all the custom DVF gowns that walked the Met Ball red carpet last night! For an in depth look at Imaan Hammam’s gown, read about her experience at Vogue.com. Plus, check out the rest of our Met Ball coverage: learn about all the looks for Imaam, Dylan Penn, Riley Keough and Diane, and be sure to read Diane’s diary on how she gets ready for the party of the year!

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Manus x Machina:
The Met Ball Sketches

“Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology” is the theme of the 2016 Met Gala and thus, of course, the inspiration for the custom gowns walking the red carpet on Diane and her guests. In creating this year’s looks, we sought inspiration from the 1927 Fritz Land film “Metropolis,” with its themes of man versus machine, and imagery drawing fromm Bauhaus, Cubist and Futuristic design—plus a healthy dose of the film’s glamorous art deco era. Using liquid metallic jersey, each dress embodies the fluidity of the greatest technologies, and the feel of industrial metals, with a unique neckline and embellishment to suit the woman who wears it: dazzling silver for Imaan Hammam, brilliant gold for Dylan Penn, and rich bronze for Riley Keough.

As for Diane… this evening she will debut a galaxy print on an embellished jersey column dress, and a custom headpiece. Read more here about how she gets ready for the party of the year, and check back for photos of the final looks!

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Love Diane:
The Party of the Year

The Met Ball is the party of the year! It is Anna Wintour’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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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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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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