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.
February 19, 2015
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.
February 18, 2015
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.
December 04, 2014
My dear readers, we know you thought you had the rest of this month to slowly buy gifts for your friends and favorite Style Editors (email me for my wish-list) but tonight, and tonight only, you absolutely must stay home. Double-check your shadow is sewn properly to your person (lest it escape during a commercial break) and sit tight because our favorite girl Allison Williams will be flying and belting her way to Neverland on NBC’s live broadcast of Peter Pan at 8 PM: green cycling shorts, mesh t-shirts and all. Don’t be surprised if you find these items— including a harness— on my Christmas wish list.
Allison has been dreaming of playing the role most of her waking life – I wouldn’t be surprised if she came out of the womb with this small request sung in perfect pitch to an audience of casting directors in the delivery room. So, at age twenty-six— because the boy-who-will-never-grow-up has traditionally been played by a woman —the lovely Allison was granted her wish plus a dollop of icing on top: a worthy adversary in Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. (Interesting fact: Walken started as a chorus boy in musical theatre as a tween). Broadway veterans Christian Borle and Kelli O’Hara round out the cast as Mr. and Mrs. Darling and plummy Minnie Driver narrates. Yes, the entire cast suspects some of you will be hate-watching, but as long as you tune in you’ll likely be swept away by Allison’s indefatigable charm and effortless aerial skills.
November 18, 2014
As the Journey continues, model Jourdan Dunn takes the wrap dress from “a day of business to a night of laughter with friends.” Read more about Jourdan’s wrap story below and watch the video for a day in the life of one of our favorite faces.
Tell us your journey of a dress wrap story?
I was on a quest to find a dress that is suitable for all occasions, for travel, business meetings and out with friends. The wrap dress was the perfect piece. When I wear one I think of Diane and all that she has accomplished in her life. It’s a reminder to dream big and believe in yourself and do it all with style!
How would you describe your personal style?
Street Chic with a bit of sophistication.
What does the wrap dress mean to you?
The wrap dress is a statement piece. It is timeless, comfortable, versatile.
What is your must have item this season?
The Maddie Lace Detail Dress is the perfect black dress that can be dressed up or down. It is simple, sophisticated, chic and makes a powerful statement.
What’s at the top of your Holiday wish list?
The Sutra Crystal Minaudière! It is perfect for holiday parties & red carpet events.
Do you have any words that you live by?
“Always believe in yourself and stay true to who you are.”
October 02, 2014
Olivia Palermo was recently spotted on the streets of NYC in our leather wrap dress, styling it with a white collared shirt for a chic and polished look.For a touch of glamour, she added our favorite Haley Studded Sunglasses, the same style Daria Werbowy wore in our Fall 2014 ad campaign.
Meanwhile, we’re happy to announce that sweater weather is here at last! Bella Thorne looked lovely in lace running errands in her DVF Doreen sweater.
September 08, 2014
On Sunday afternoon it wasn’t fall in Manhattan, but rather a sparkling summer’s day on the Côte d’Azur, as models prepared to breeze down the runway in a crescendo of print and color: that would be our “Riviera” Spring 2015 collection. Inspired by the effortless glamour of Brigitte Bardot, and the work of Matisse and Picasso, ginghams and florals draped the cast of modern bombshells, including Naomi Campbell, Isabeli Fontana, Candace Swanepoel, Anna Ewers and Kendall Jenner, who smiled and posed backstage before receiving a warm instruction from Diane: Smile, have fun and be you!
The front of the house was filling up all the while, with an A-list mix of fashion, media and pop culture. Allison Williams looked fresh in the Spring ’15 Samella dress, and Lily Aldridge stunned in a navy Ireland jumpsuit while Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark opted for a short Celeste romper. Zoey Deutch and Analeigh Tipton both wore floating chiffon from the Fall ’14 collection, while Estelle, Paris and Nicky Hilton all modeled bold Fall colors in classic DVF silhouettes. Anna Wintour spoke with New York’s First Lady Chirlene McCray, while André Leon Talley mingled with Whoopie Goldberg and BethAnn Hardison. Across the aisle, Olivia Palermo looked chic in a leather wrap, while Tali Lennox rocked a floor-length version of the timeless dress.
At last the audience took their seats and was treated to a whirlwind of chic black-and-white with pops of color in pink, sunshine yellow, and riviera blues that felt like a refreshing sea breeze across the sweltering Spring Studios. Crisp cotton, flowing chiffon, embellished shirtdresses and wraps will be the order of the day come spring!
The lush daydream did not end with Diane’s dance down the runway; rather the crowd came “home” to DVF Studio, which had been transformed with colorful furnishings and a glowing floral wall in the aptly named Eden garden print. The sparkling headquarters hosted everyone from Fran Lebowitz to Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss, who all came to offer their congratulations and toast Diane. For dinner, Estelle traded her firebird pants for a floor-length wrap and DVF’s Style Editor Jessica Joffe held court in a black wrap romper, as Paris Hilton arrived in a printed version of the same micro mini style. Ellen Barkin was spotted with Bryan Lourd and Wendi Murdoch while waiters snaked through the crowd with platters of hors d’oevres and champagne. Rachel Zoe arrived with husband Rodger Berman to pose and chat with the hostess, and Mickey Boardman lit up the room with his wit and his silver sequined polo, which was rivaled only by the stunning Elisa Sednaoui in a shimmering gold wrap.
After a Mediterranean feast of quiches, tabbouleh, fresh summer salads and fruit tarts, Diane reclined on the stairs, chatting with Peter Brant Jr., as the revelry continued long into the night… a fête worthy of the golden age of the dazzling, glamorous French Riviera.
August 29, 2014
It was only a matter of time before friends Gwyneth Paltrow and Diane joined forces creatively to celebrate their mutual admiration. Now enter goop, Gwyneth’s site that’s part trusted life coach, part fabulous shopping destination. On September 10 the lifestyle resource will be launching the exclusive DVFxgoop collaboration of ready-to-wear and accessories, a beautiful monochrome collection with a tuxedo-striped silk jumpsuit as the jewel in its crown.
To celebrate the collaboration, Diane and Gwyneth hosted an intimate dinner in Amagansett where Nacho Figueras and Delfina Blaquier, Molly Sims and Scott Stuber, and David Neville and Gucci Westman all came out for the perfect end-of-summer evening. But it was Cameron Diaz who stole the show in the aforementioned jumpsuit, while the hostess mingled, barefoot on the lawn in the Dixie white eyelet cotton wrap dress, having popped the collar that Diane said reminded her so of another all-American beauty icon, Katherine Hepburn.
At a banquet table under two enormous oak trees draped in fairy lights, with goop-worthy flowers and place settings, Cameron (girl crush extraordinaire) gave everyone secret thumb knuckle cracks and breakfast recipes, Nacho graciously answered the same equine questions he had been asked at least 780 times before, David did a few somersaults on the grass and the summery food was so good we not only licked our plates clean but tucked into some of the garnish, proving those recipes we’re always swooning over taste beautiful, too. Goop has become an indispensable resource for a legion of women who want to know how to live not only well, but better, inside and out, and the casually elegant evening proved its worth.
July 28, 2014
Just because we love staying au courant with the latest new summer hits, we caught up with the lovely and talented rapper Kilo Kish to get the deets on her new rustic, on-the-road music video “Begin Route”—a new DVF favorite. Check out the video and read along for Kish’s inspiration, her summer past-times and the prints she is loving now.
Tell us a little more about the inspiration behind “Begin Route”?
It’s basically a redo of the cross-country drive me and my boyfriend did last summer. It’s the basis for the project. The “Across” EP is sequenced like a road trip, so our main focus in the intro video was setting the stage for that.
What made you go from being a city girl in “Navy” to a desert girl in “Begin Route”?
Well, I was inspired by my move to Los Angeles and the trip we took. We picked the west because the majority of our drive was in the south west and everything kind of looked dry and dusty on the roads.
Can you talk a little bit about the fashion in your new video? What was the inspiration?
I just kind of stuck as close to my personal style as possible, very preppy, and tried to mix in super American vibes.
What is your favorite summer print at the moment?
I love gingham and plaids.
Any go-to summer restaurants?
I like sushi in the summertime because it’s light. I love Murakami on Melrose in LA. I also love sitting outside at Goldie’s.
What’s your favorite NYC museum and why?
I like the Whitney because it always has interesting exhibits and isn’t too overwhelming to conquer.
How would you spend your ideal summer day?
Making a good healthy lunch, having Pinkberry, playing mini golf and then swimming and reading by a pool.
And what are you reading?
I’m reading and rereading “The Subterraneans” by Jack Kerouac.
What is in your everyday summer bag/purse? What can’t you leave the house without?
I keep just the basics (wallet, keys, phone) and then maybe a NARS lip gloss. Some cat eye sunnies as well.
What is your summer must-have?
I love a cheetah print backpack! It would be cute with cutoff shorts for the summer. And with cat eye sunglasses!