Who is the right fit to represent DVF around the world? This season, the bar has been raised as candidates face off to become the next DVF Global Brand Ambassador. Will the DVF team find someone who has what it takes to make it? Watch Season 2 of House of DVF, premiering on E! at 9PM EST on September 13, and continuing on E! Sunday nights at 10PM EST.
August 28, 2015
The must-have restaurant reservation. The sold out Broadway show. They don’t stand a chance against the charms of our quintessential wrap dress in this new floral print. Our seasonless, curve-hugging silk jersey in this sweet fall palette is a recipe for transition dressing that feels fresh and versatile with a seventies-inspired suede heel and a geometric, multi-strand necklace. Best of all, this floral wrap pairs so well with our Secret Agent tote and the Agent Farrah zip on clutch that lends an unabashedly feminine flair.
August 27, 2015
Why not celebrate the last sweltering week of August with a full-body immersion in midnight kisses? Every minute we spend not romancing ourselves and others is an utterly wasted minute. Imagine a world without Romeo’s blushing pilgrims, Rodin’s iconic sculpture, the eternally damned lovers in Dante’s Inferno doomed to kiss for all eternity, or Rhett and Scarlett, or Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky, or most lyrically—though perhaps also disturbingly—the peppermint-scented first kiss between Humbert Humbert and Lolita? Let kisses envelope your sundries, let kisses cover your body and walk with kisses wherever you go. Wear them all together or hide your kisses in a pouch in your Secret Agent. Storm the overheated streets and stamp a kiss into the steaming pavement with every step you take.
And remember when you’re spreading love wherever you go to memorize these words by the poet Catullus:
Kiss me now a thousand times
And now a hundred more
And then a hundred
And then a thousand more again
‘Til with so many hundred thousand
Kisses you and I shall both lose count
Nor any can from envy of so much kissing
Put his finger on the number
of sweet kisses you of me
and I of you, darling, have had.
August 23, 2015
Kristen Stewart made a particularly chic appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” wearing a sleek Resort 2016 romper with tuxedo-like details. Also spotted in this on-trend silhouette: Nina Dobrev, who styled some of our favorite Fall pieces to perfection, layering a colorful button up under a little black romper for the Style Watch x Revolve fashion party on the High Line.
The result: two looks that were both true to the stars’ own style, and so DVF!
August 20, 2015
First they don’t stop complaining about the heat and now, according to them, summer is basically over and henceforth all relaxation, fun and carefreedom shall cease to exist until the stroke of midnight Memorial Day 2016. Guess what, my little chickens: we have three whole weekends until ‘school’ or real life shift back into focus, so use these last, precious moments wisely. What’s that? Everything is too far away? Airports are hell and freeways are packed? Train stations are worse? Just stay in town, I say, and make the most of everything this 305 square mile collection of boroughs has to offer. All you need to do is hail a cab, or even walk if you’re close enough.
1. Explore the tip of the island by checking into one of the Greenwhich Hotel penthouses for the weekend. Located on the fringes of Tribeca, this beautiful hotel (owned by Robert De Niro) has enormous rooms, a pleasingly eclectic décor, an excess of light flooding in through the atrium windows and the perfect bathrooms. Plus, it’s unusually quiet, which helps you feel like you’re miles away from anywhere you know. Best to book at least a handful of treatments in the spa and take multiple dips in the pool, which may not be located in the sun, but is so much sexier for it.
2. After an absurdly good night’s sleep, and a hearty breakfast, courtesy of the chefs at Locanda Verde, order Señor Uber to take you all the way to 249th Street where the beautifully hidden gem of Wave Hill exists. Because, as your mother (or was it mine?) always says, “You should be outdoors in this kind of weather.” Wave Hill, a beautiful 19th century country house-turned-gallery overlooking the Hudson River in the Bronx has reams of gardens (each more stunning than the last), hiking trails, pools and gazebos. If it was good enough to be Theodore Roosevelt’s summer home, it’s good enough for you.
3. If, like me, everything you do is dictated by your hunger levels, hitch a ride to Arthur Avenue, the real Little Italy and let your inner glutton take over. Between Mario’s, Dominick’s, Zero Otte Nove, Roberto’s and every single cheese, meat and bread purveyor, you’ll have every base covered.
4. Head back into Manhattan, the northern tip this time, where Fort Tryon Park is home to the famous Cloisters, which houses the Metropolitan Museum’s extensive medieval art, artifact and architecture collection. As I’m sure you all know, The Cloisters is composed of the parts of 5 different Spanish and French abbeys. A lovely restaurant called the New Leaf (incidentally my favorite Elaine May movie) sits just a stone’s throw away from the museum, where you can have lunch before or after you’ve viewed all 5,000 works. Fort Tryon Park is beautiful, so take a gander through the woods and think about the masseur waiting for you at the hotel.
5. After another delicious sleep you never imagined possible in New York City, pack a large hotel towel or three (shh), a bottle of rosé, put on your best gladiator sandals, pack a copy of War and Peace and hop on the A train to Far Rockaway. It’s going to take you at least an hour to get there, so you may even be on the second chapter by the time you get there. Yes, we are well aware that Rockaway and its surrounding beaches have become the purview of the hipster, but they’re onto something. Fort Tilden, the shuttered military base to the side of Rockaway Beach is a sight to behold and an incredible events space as well. Dotted around the beach are taco restaurants, surf shacks, and in the other direction, behind Jacob Riis beach, a dilapidated vacant hospital. Much closer than the Hamptons, and arguably more compelling, you can spend all day here, work on your tan, learn to surf, swim and make some new, incredibly attractive friends.
6. Head back into the city to clean the sand out of your toes and make a beeline for the High Line, which is never more serene than at night. Amble from the northern end to the southern, under the blue lights beneath the Standard Hotel and grab a late margarita and some ceviche at Santina, the newest addition to the Carbone family of restaurants. A perfect end to your summer weekend, and you never even had to see the inside of a jitney.
August 20, 2015
In a rich shade of dragon fruit pink, the Myla dress is ready to shake up cocktail hour. All of those glamorous, well-connected attendees, standing around gazing at their phones? They don’t stand a chance of missing this look. Accented by luxe accessories in python, this tank dress, with its curve-hugging seams and deep scoop back, is ready to take on any room.
August 18, 2015
This season we gave an iconic men’s print a makeover, and the result is a fresh and colorful tweed with an alluring femininity—think Marlene Dietrich or Katharine Hepburn. As a petite print it graces fluttering chiffon. It makes a knitted cameo on a rebellious reverse wrap. And as a true tweed it brightens one of our favorite wear to work silhouettes, the Carrie. There’s no easier way to be chic in an instant than this mini shift dress paired with a classic pump, a crossbody bag and a sleek gold collar. As the weather cools, this shift can be layered with the Emery jacket, also in confetti tweed, the season’s ultimate celebration of color, glamour and confidence!
August 12, 2015
It’s one of those days. Fall is coming but the days are still warm. An important meeting requires polish. A date requires edge. To top it all off, you run into your ex. Good thing the Bevin dress has you covered. A classic sheath with flattering ruching, it exudes effortless sex appeal and also an air of “I can handle this.” Factor in a pair of heels, a simple cuff and glamorous shades, then finish the look with the ultimate accomplice: The DVF Secret Agent. After work, simply unzip the sleek tweed clutch and polished tote turns playful evening bag. Who knew there were so many tricks up those cap sleeves?
August 05, 2015
If the new Catherine shirt dress already looks familiar, you may be thinking of its star turn on Karlie Kloss in the “DVF Secret Agent” film. It was also a knockout look on our Fall runway, with its petite, festive print, tuxedo collar, and mixed leather and fabric tie belt. In fact, we love it so much, the Catherine actually inspired a whole series of styles in our “Seduction” collection, from a stunning jumpsuit to an easy skirt that, as Diane says, “flirts with the knee” with its layers of soft chiffon. For after dark, we’re pairing the Catherine dress with the Mika suede heel (with a platform for comfort, and flattering the leg) and zipping the “Agent Karlie” clutch off our DVF Secret Agent bag to travel lightly and colorfully into the night.
August 02, 2015
Karlie Kloss first worked with DVF in 2009 and now she’s back as a sultry secret agent in the Fall 2015 campaign. Here, the indefatigable supermodel (and so much more) talks multi-tasking, supporting other women and words to live by.
You are a model, entrepreneur, coder, student, philanthropist and prominent member of the world’s most famous girl squad. That might make you the ultimate multi-tasker. What’s your secret?
The trick for me is to spend time on the projects I am passionate about with people I care about. It’s funny though, the more I have on my plate, the more I find ways to manage it all, like taking advantage of every spare minute I have by handling emails and calls while in the make-up chair. It’s also important for me to take care of myself by scheduling time to exercise, eat well, and sleep in order to be energized for all that each day brings.
You’ve just launched a youtube channel called Klossy. What can followers expect to see there?
I’m beyond excited that Klossy is officially live and can’t wait to share more videos. I love being able to share a unique perspective on the amazing things I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of, as well as introduce you to the incredible people who help make them happen through the lens of my own camera. I look forward to seeing how the channel will evolve and incorporate collaborations as Klossy continues to grow.
Diane often says, “Generosity is the best investment,” and you have worked on several philanthropic collaborations yourself. Can you tell us a little about the causes closest to your heart?
Giving back was instilled in me from an early age and it’s something that will always be part of my life. This past year I started the Kode With Karlie Scholarship with the Flatiron School to share access to hands-on, technical education with young women and girls who are excited about the opportunity to design and build our world through code. One of the best parts for me is seeing these diverse, young women immediately coming together and using their experiences to build a network of coding communities in their hometowns.
For you, fall brings fashion week and…your first semester at NYU’s Gallatin School. What do you plan to study there?
I am excited about getting back in the classroom. My program at NYU’s Gallatin School is great because I’ll be able to explore my interests over a range of subjects and refine my academic focus over time. Right now, I’m just going to try a little bit of all my favorite topics.
Diane often says, “It’s all about body language,” and you have credited your success as a model to your early days as a ballerina. What can you tell us about the connection between confidence and how you move?
Ballet taught me so much about body movement and control: how to be self-aware, bring life to a picture, and apply discipline to your work. For me, ballet was the best training for modeling as it taught me to pay attention to what my body is doing and how to be in control. Now I know how to re-position myself in those moments when I need an extra boost of confidence.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Dream big and then run at opportunities to make those dreams a reality. No matter what, it’s never a waste of time if you’re doing something you love.
And the best piece of advice you would give to other women?
I’d pass along that same advice to work hard at what you love to do. And I’d add: help other people do the same. We can do far more together than we ever could alone.
You are known for your support of other women, from your female friendships to encouraging young girls to learn coding. Who are some women who inspire you or who have supported you in your career?
My mom and my three sisters have always supported me and encouraged me throughout my career and life. I’ve also always looked up to strong women in my industry, like Christy Turlington. She’s made an incredible impact and really used her platform to help others.
How was the experience of filming the DVF Secret Agent film with Peter Lindbergh? Do you have a favorite moment from the set? How did you go about channeling the DVF woman?
It was such an honor to have the one and only, divine Diane with us on set for the shoot all day. I was simply inspired by her energy, her elegance and her attitude. Diane has an extraordinary presence, intelligence and strength. She and Peter are both truly living legends. I loved just simply being on set with Diane, Peter and Garren, and listening to the iconic fashion moments and memories that they would reminisce about throughout the day.
Finally, Diane is all about mantras. Do you have any words that you live by?
“The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself.” I love this DVF quote. Diane is such a strong independent and empowering woman. I certainly live by these words.
August 02, 2015
In this exclusive interview, legendary fashion photographer and “DVF Secret Agent” director Peter Lindbergh talks strong women, storytelling, and his favorite on-set moment.
You have photographed Diane before, and spoken about one of her portraits as a personal favorite. How did photographing Diane herself inform your work on the DVF campaign?
To work on a campaign is very different from shooting a personal portrait, because the campaign must represent at least something of the brand identity, while a personal portrait should be totally free from any obligations.
You and Diane both approach models as women first, with their own strength and personalities. Tell us about your relationship with Karlie, and how you work together.
Needless to point out, there should never be another reason to work with anyone, model or any other human being, than her or his personality. Blank and beautiful faces are of no interest. Karlie has an extraordinary energy and strength and is amazingly passionate about getting the best possible images.
To your mind, what is it about Karlie that makes her such a successful model? And the ideal DVF woman?
She has an incredible drive, her motivation together with a passion for her craft, very concentrated at any moment of the day instead of a short attention span, astonishing freshness together with an understanding for playing roles… these are quite a lot of good points in one person… all these characteristics are making her the perfect DVF woman. She seems to be, in a very active way, integrated in the world of today.
Tell us about the woman in this film that Karlie portrays, the “DVF Secret Agent” and how you approached telling her story, especially in the mix of film and still photography?
She is a fast-walking, good-looking and active secret agent, and we tried to tell the story not too well explained, to leave some space for the viewers’ own imagination. The stills resulted from what we shot on film.
What is your favorite on-set memory from the shoot day?
The scene with the security guards was really satisfying because different from my zillion controls at JFK, this time I could push the security guards around and could order them to do what I wanted them to do!