The relaxed Harriet tunic is a must for showing off the season’s statement prints, from embellished vines to our versatile pottery flower in this dramatic, oversized scale. The Harriet is one of Diane’s go-to styles, and this summer we’ll be dressing it up with a clutch and heels, or getting weekend-ready with an easy cork sandal and a mini bag in dandelion yellow. No matter the occasion, the Harriet is the easiest silhouette to slip on and go!
April 24, 2015
April 24, 2015
Join us inside the 2015 DVF Awards, an evening that celebrates extraordinary women who are changing the world.
Presenters Hillary Clinton and Naomi Campbell, a performance by Christine And The Queens, and the announcement of the People’s Voice Award– get a sneak peek inside the most inspiring evening of the year. Plus, read more about this year’s DVF Awards ceremony and learn more about our 2015 honorees.
April 24, 2015
Last night The DVF Awards proved yet again to be a rousing call to arms.
As guests streamed into the United Nations on a cold April night, just catching the last moments of a glorious sunset reflecting off the Long Island City skyline, a sense pervaded that the night would set a new inspirational benchmark. With Tina Brown and Diane herself setting the tone—exhorting everyone to use their voices to speak for those who do not have a voice—presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton took to the stage to present her frequent collaborator and friend Ambassador Melanne Verveer with the Lifetime Leadership Award. If Hillary’s disarming and powerful speech was a sign of what is to come, the room was fully on board. A standing ovation began and didn’t cease until every honoree had spoken.
Naomi Campbell, resplendent in gossamer lace, took to the stage to present the first International Award to Adimaimalaga Tafuna’i who has worked tirelessly on behalf of Samoan families by connecting their locally specialized work to the global market. Maggie Gyllenhaal, evidently emboldened by her company, took her shoes off to introduce the second International Award winner, Pakistani documentary filmmaker and human rights activist Samar Minallah Khan, highlighting her role in outlawing swara, or compensation marriages, in her home country. Samar urged the crowd to rethink the notion of honor—indeed the very warped notion of honor that exists in many communities—and encouraged the women in the room to “bring those men who are brave enough to cry… to speak up for women along on our journey,” which served as a reminder that support of individuals doing hard work in the face of opposition should always defy gender.
Moments later, Dakota Fanning, firm of handshake and earnest of intention, took to the stage to announce the winner of this year’s People’s Voice Award vote, The Adventure Project, and give a thoughtful introduction to co-founder Becky Straw. “Aid is always appreciated, but a job has the power to change someone’s life forever,” Straw said, explaining what the award grant would do for her organization, which funds jobs in developing countries.
Finally, Diane returned to the stage to give Gabby Giffords the roundly deserved Inspiration Award for being a beacon of grace, determination and empowerment since the fateful events of January 8, 2011. When Gabby, recently wheelchaired by a bike accident, mounted the stage, the crowd erupted in emotional cheers. Her speech, short and sweet, can be summarized with these words: “We must never stop fighting. Fight! Fight! Fight!”
Learn more about The DVF Awards.
April 23, 2015
Recently we checked in with our friends at Refinery29, who showed us the many ways they’re wearing our favorite Spring pieces. Photo Director Sara said of her picks: “They’re classic but playful, which can easily be dressed for day or night.” We love how she wears things so differently from her colleague Candace, an Associate Producer. Her take on Spring’s styles? “They’re timeless–I find myself wearing them in the work week, all the way into the weekend.”
April 22, 2015
For a floral that feels right with a bit of spring chill, we’ve been turning to pottery flower, a Matisse-inspired print that’s caught our eye in many scales. Our favorite New Julian shows off pottery flower at its most delicate, and we love styling it simply with clean accessories like the After 6 clutch and Cami sandal, which will carry you through to summer months. For more styling inspiration, check out how French It Girl Jeanne Damas recently wore the New Julian wrap dress: simple, sexy, and super chic!
April 21, 2015
As we look forward to the 6th annual DVF Awards on April 23, we’ve been sharing updates from some of our prior honorees on how their work has evolved since receiving The DVF Award.
Veronika Scott founded the Empowerment Plan as a 20-year-old student in Detroit. She employs homeless mothers as seamstresses, who make convertible sleeping bag coats that are distributed to homeless individuals free of charge. Veronika was chosen as the 2014 People’s Voice Award honoree by popular vote.
Tell us about your DVF Awards experience.
The whole experience in New York, from start to finish, was absolutely amazing. The night of the awards, I was surrounded by some of the most intelligent, inspiring, and powerful women in the world. As a young female entrepreneur working to better the lives of women caught in the vicious cycle of poverty, I was motivated by the countless stories I heard that evening. I cannot put in to words how impactful it was to hear the passion Alicia Keys has for children living with HIV/AIDS, to see the collaborative spirit between Vital Voices winners Liron Peleg-Hadomi and Noha Khatieb, to watch one of my idols, Gloria Steinem, receive the Lifetime Leadership Award, and to feel Kah Walla’s presence and strength. Each interaction was unique and powerful and has motivated me to continue pushing boundaries.
How has your organization changed in the past year, since winning the DVF Award?
Since winning the DVF People’s Voice Award last year we have grown exponentially! We have hired 9 more individuals onto the Empowerment Plan’s team thanks to the support given by the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation and the whole DVF family. Not only were we able to hire and support that many new people but we were able to reach our goal of producing almost 5,000 coats in 2014! These coats have now been handed out in 29 states across America and 4 Canadian provinces! Our strength and vision as an organization have been on the same growth curve over the last year as well. We have added programming to help equip the women and men we hire with leadership, communication, and professionalism skills.
I am extremely proud to share that everyone on our team has been able to transition out of the shelter into secure, furnished housing. One of the ladies we hired last summer, Takecia, has really taken her opportunity at The Empowerment Plan and turned it into a greater opportunity for growth and success. She now has a beautiful apartment, is enrolled in college courses, and most recently was able to purchase a vehicle. For being in her early twenties, Takecia possesses such strength, wisdom, and maturity. Her determination to create a better life for herself and her daughter inspires me day in and day out to work harder for all the women that are still struggling to make it.
Our tangible growth has been immense, but so has the awareness of the Empowerment Plan brand. Winning the DVF People’s Voice Award has given this organization so much credibility and helped push our mission into the national spotlight. More people than ever before are aware of who we are and what we do in Detroit and are globally supporting us and spreading our mission.
What goals are you working towards next?
We are currently in the process of planning out what the next three to five years are going to look like for The Empowerment Plan. As a team, we have talked about becoming sustainable and scaling our employment model into other cities, but we are now in a position to really plan out how we will make our vision a reality!
We know that the more we grow, the greater the scale of our impact. We will no longer only be affecting the people we employ, the people that receive our coats, but also the generations of children and family members that will not be trapped in the cycle of poverty because of our work. I am shocked, thrilled, and a bit terrified by the road ahead of us.
One of the biggest plans for our future is developing our coats for retail. We are working on building out a program that will allow us to sell the coats we make, while also still staying true to our mission by continuing to employ individuals from shelters. By bringing our product to the retail market, we will be able to increase our revenue stream in an effort to expand our employment programs and offer more opportunities to those in need. In planning for the expansion of the organization, we need to make sure that we implement the best practices and processes. We are currently looking for design expertise and assistance, a new space to carry out our operations, and experience in the fields of brand development and retail marketing.
For more information and to learn how you can help, visit empowermentplan.org.
April 21, 2015
You can always count on Miranda Kerr for the best in effortless elegance. This week, the model mom was spotted in a DVF Pre-Fall maxi while on the go at LAX, and we’re ready to pair our favorite floor-length styles with a satchel and sunglasses for our next getaway. From spring weddings to summer travel, there’s a maxi dress for every moment!
April 17, 2015
Mod silhouettes in a fresh ikat are our new favorite uniform for weekend escapes. Light, packable, and ready to mix and match, you can pair these with black separates for a day in the office before jetting to your favorite escape. With a chic sandal and swinging mini bag, this tunic and trouser combo has us thinking of Jackie O. in the Greek isles—just add oversized shades of course!
April 16, 2015
We’re thrilled to share the news that Diane is being honored as one of the 2015 TIME 100 Most Influential People! This year’s “Icons” category also includes Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Pope Francis and Malala Yousafazai, among others. Head to TIME for Jessica Alba’s piece on Diane’s work in fashion and philanthropy, an exclusive interview, and the full list of honorees. Congratulations Diane!
April 16, 2015
Thirty of the 114 narrative and documentary features having their world, North American or New York premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this year are directed by women. You might say that 26% percent isn’t high enough, but since 2014’s percentage of woman directing movies that went into wide release was at a paltry 4%, let’s hope these films all find wide distribution for the tide to shift once and for all. Among the films premiering this year are also a number of female-centric portraits directed by men, lest we forget to give our favorite male directors adequate credit.
The Festival kicked off last night and here are my top picks in the narrative and documentary feature category this year. Tickets are still available so run downtown (or to your computer where tickets are only a mouse click away at www.tribecafilm.com).
Song of Lahore
Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken serve up a fascinating view of the once legendary musical bastion Lahore and the brave musicians who have continued to play despite Pakistan’s increasing Islamisation since the 1970’s. An inspiring tale of art triumphing over ideological repression.
The Adderall Diaries
World premiering in New York, Pamela Romanowsky’s first feature is adapted from Stephen Elliott’s best-selling memoir about his descent into Adderall addiction following a bout of writer’s block, subsequent embroilment in a high-profile murder case, and personal unraveling. Played here by James Franco, Elliott–who was once my college writing professor–gets a nice makeover and a hot girlfriend in Amber Heard.
If you loved Catherine Hardwicke’s “Thirteen” as much as I did, and not simply because you will always be a teenager at heart, this beautifully observed French feature by 25 year old director Hélène Zimmer is for you. Shot in real time, her debut follows a group of young girls as they navigate the waters of early adolescence with all the attendant heartbreak, drama and excitement.
CODE Debugging the Gender Gap
Hot on the heals of the landmark Pao vs Kleiner verdict, and a few months following Gillian Jacobs’ illuminating short film about Grace Hopper – who helped build the world’s first computer at Harvard, the Mark 1, and invented the world’s first computer language, COBOL, comes the most comprehensive exploration into the dearth of women working professionally in the computer sciences. Here’s to a world where more than 19% of the workforce is female.
In My Father’s House
In Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg’s documentary, Chicago rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith decides to move back to the neighborhood where he grew up, buy his childhood home and raise his own family there, only to discover his absentee father is a homeless alcoholic living down the road. In this moving portrait of a man trying to reconcile his past with his future, forgiveness trumps all.
Celebrated cinematographer—a profession in which women have even less of a presence than computer science—Reed Morano directs her first feature here, about a couple of young parents (played by Luke Wilson and Olivia Wilde) whose lives unravel as their son goes missing. A self-assured and patient debut, Morano looks set to continue shooting and directing her own films for a while.
Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict
Lisa Immordino Vreeland brings the same intelligently admiring touch she brought to “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel” to this rousing portrait of Peggy Guggenheim: famous art collector, empress of modern art, museum founder, lover and possessor, arguably, of the best taste this side of the Medici family. If you have not been to the foundation that bears her name, be prepared to book a ticket to Venice the moment the curtain falls.
2015’s it-girl Alba Rohrwacher— Tilda Swinton’s pale-faced daughter in “I Am Love”— plays a young woman raised in a small northern Albanian village where, in order to break free of the proscriptive and domestic role expected of a woman, she becomes a “sworn virgin” to live like a man. As Mark, she eventually travels to Italy where she discovers who she really is.
The Tribeca Film Festival runs through April 26.