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.
April 16, 2015
One iconic design. Twelve strong women in a world of endless possibilities. The DVF Times highlights young tastemakers at the beginning of their careers, presenting their personal style, passions and words to live by.
EDITOR’S LETTER by Diane von Furstenberg
Once Upon A Time…
I too was at the beginning of my life! I was not sure what I wanted to do, but I knew the woman I wanted to be… independent, free, and in charge of my own life. Fashion turned out to be my “path to freedom” and as I gained my own confidence with the success of my wrap dress, I gave confidence to others via that little dress. Four decades later, that little dress has evolved but its magic continues to inspire new generations of girls who want what I wanted: to be effortlessly sexy and always on the go!
Here are a few young women who inspire me and who remind me of how I felt at the beginning of my adult life, at a moment when the world is full of endless possibilities!
Go for it, girls… be the women you want to be!
Explore The DVF Times – France Edition.
April 15, 2015
Up the sweetness factor for your Mother’s Day fête with a clean shift dress in rosy hot pink. A staple in any wardrobe, our classic Carrie is back in bright hues that will last all season for work-to-weekend dressing. We love pairing this shift with a peekaboo lace jacket to show off the color, plus a clean white pump and a modern envelope clutch–it’ll leave your hands free for flowers and gifts!
April 13, 2015
After a restful week sailing the Andaman sea, swimming into the caves where the most appreciated Asian delicacy, the swift nests, come from, we decided to fly to Bagan, the sacred city in Myanmar, an extraordinary landscape frozen in history where 3100 temples, pagodas and stupas have continued to shine since the 11th century. Memen, our guide, took us around inside many stupas, showing off all the magnificent Buddhas and the preserved relics and telling their stories with passion and pride. So much beauty, so much peace, so much karma piled up there for centuries. We marveled at the vision of a most elegant woman leading a pack of cattle to graze amongst the temples and stopped at the lacquer workshop Golden Cuckoo to witness the process of how the softened bamboo shoots become works of art. We had a delicious picnic of mixed curries under a shady tree, walked through a monastery and watched monks teach small children. Before leaving, we walked down to the river that leads back into the Andaman. A very memorable place that will stay with us forever.
April 12, 2015
On a wonderfully hot day Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman opened the doors of their sprawling Palm Springs home to celebrate the arrival of summer, a new range of beautiful DVF sunglasses and a little music festival called Coachella. Maybe you’ve heard of it. As a gaggle of gorgeous gals slowly trickled in (Coachella time), late morning champagne and mezcal cocktails were poured, impromptu croquet games commenced and one brave soul (the irrepressible Erica Pelosini) jumped onto a floating swan in the pool, without getting a drop of water on her tiny pins.
Caroline Vreeland, Shea Marie and Elizabeth Gilpin sauntered in, wearing summer gingham and Riviera blue, raving about the AC/DC performance they had seen the night before. Although they were heading back to the festival, most of the girls confessed that they’d be spending most of their time relaxing with friends away from the hullabaloo. The intimate lunch under the chuppah served as a perfect respite. Superblogger Aimee Song and her sister Dani raved about the sunglasses while the delightful Holland Roden and her Teen Wolf boyfriend Max Carver realised that the frames were just as becoming on him as they were on her. Boys take note!!
The stunning Emily Ratajkowski arrived last, excitedly greeting Old friends Leigh Lezark and fellow Misshape Geordon Nicol. As everyone sat down for an indulgent brunch featuring vast platters of bacon brioche and bowls of punch, the ever-gracious Rachel Zoe surveyed the scene and smiled.
April 10, 2015
Beside the buzzing handball courts on East 1st Street, a small white box gallery is primed to be the highlight of your Saturday stroll. “From the Archive,” a solo show by legendary fashion photographer Gösta Peterson has just been extended through the weekend at Turn Gallery.
The show is small, but impactful. Peterson’s mastery of composition and light betrays his background as an illustrator, and the mod looks of the day cooperate with clean lines and color blocking, plus wonderful textures, from gamine ribbing and patent leather to elaborate feathers and a transparent wide-brim hat, captured with the sun spilling in.
Peterson’s work transcends the moment it documents though; the fashion may be 60’s, but his penchant for using people spotted in the street or across the room, in lieu of top models, adds to the timeless quality of his portraits. Highlights include a shot of two little boys found in the street (well, he found one, who insisted his friend come too), as well as a gorgeous image of Naomi Sims in front of the Metropolitan Museum, and an appropriately eccentric portrait of Peterson’s friend Salvador Dalí.
If you’re lucky, there’ll even be a friendly dog, the gallery’s mascot of sorts, ready to follow you around, stepping affectionately on your feet and forcing you to spend even longer admiring Peterson’s composition. After the show, stop at Bluebird across the street for a coffee and continue on your way. Happy strolling!
“From the Archive” runs through April 12 at Turn Gallery.
April 09, 2015
Leave your dreamcatchers, flower crowns, tiny tots and wearable geodes at home this year. With a musical (and culinary) lineup that’s as eclectic and impressive as it’s ever been, nothing should distract you from the godliest of activities: dancing (and singing along).
The only garment any seasoned festival-goer should wear is a wrap (w)romper. Easy, short, cool: you’re not only dressed for the weather (sweltering) but also for the occasion (awesome). You’ll never worry about a wardrobe malfunction or an accessorizing disaster because everything goes with it. Sneakers — particularly our crocheted cutie — aren’t too delicate for the terrain but are breathable, and your feet are just the place for an unexpected touch of color. A white 440 crossbody keeps your hands free and is all you need for your essentials (see below) as well as 4-5 raisins and almonds to tide you over ‘til your late-night 5-course meal at the Coachella Rose Garden. Who knows, maybe you can convince loveable and huggable (former chef/current rapper) Action Bronson to woo you culinarily.
Now, for packing. Think practically and bring only the bare necessities with you:
*three extra phone chargers or phones, leopard cases a must
*refillable water bottle (don’t waste a drop: California is in a serious drought)
*horse food (in case you see a rogue polo pony roaming the grounds, which are, after all, polo fields the remaining 50 weeks this year)
*wet wipes (to wipe down whichever set of shoulders you climb onto while Drake performs)
*pink pen and paper to send paper airplane love notes to Vic Mensa and Alison Wonderland while they perform
*a Lomo’Instant camera, for photos that turn into instant calling cards (write your name on the back of each one and see how many suitors you can collect at each gig)
*enormous earphones to block out any unwanted noise as you move from stage to stage
*sunglasses (to wear at night, when it really matters)
April 08, 2015
Call it spring cleaning–we’ve taken the sleeves off our favorite banded wrap to make one that’s just right for warmer weather. The New Yahzi features a clean neckline, contrast belt, and the sunniest prints of the season. Get the look to go with a petite tote, a Vera heel, and the instant glamour of a great pair of shades. Here comes the sun!
April 07, 2015
As we look forward to the 6th annual DVF Awards this April, we’ll be sharing updates from some of our prior honorees on how their work has evolved since receiving The DVF Award.
Dancer, choreographer and sociologist Sohini Chakraborty helps young victims of violence and trafficking regain control over their bodies through dance. In addition to promoting dance as a healing method, Sohini and her India-based organization, Kolkata Sanved, work to prevent these horrors by engaging at-risk youth and rural families. Sohini is a member of the Vital Voices network.
Tell us about your DVF Awards experience.
In 2011, I was in a training program in Bihar, India. One morning I opened my email and I saw a message from Vital Voices saying I had been nominated. It was so unexpected; when I saw the email I almost didn’t believe we had gotten it. The award ceremony was a very honoring and powerful experience as it brings together diverse and inspiring people. The evening was overwhelming; I was sharing my work with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in such a friendly way! Meeting people from so many backgrounds, the worlds of policy and creativity, was wonderful. Meeting Diane herself was an amazing experience. I felt very welcomed as well as honored and touched by the people I was able to meet. I loved hearing about the work of the other honorees.
How has your organization, Kolkata Sanved, evolved since 2011?
The DVF Award is an unrestricted grant, which helped Kolkata Sanved toward becoming a Center of Excellence. It helped us to sustain the organization and continue moving forward while also giving Kolkata Sanved and our work international visibility. We were able to start building the management team by recruiting two highly skilled individuals. We were able to strengthen our Training of Trainer program. We were able to build our number of international collaborators to improve networking and increase exposure experiences. The award allowed us to rent a suitable space, which acted as an office and a forum for meetings as well as a location for rehearsals and performances.
What goals are you working towards next?
Kolkata Sanved is currently creating our strategic business plan for the next five years. We are working toward a self-sustainable model and this is a key component of our plan. Kolkata Sanved is consistently scaling up the quality of our programming as well as scaling up geographical outreach to reach many young women and girls with the highest quality programming possible. We are currently expanding our work in Mumbai. We have begun the Asia Initiative, which is training survivor care professionals who work in various fields including education, psychology, and anti-trafficking to utilize our Dance Movement Therapy curriculum and approach within their own work taking place across eight South Asian countries. Our Dance Movement Therapy practitioners have taken the initiative to create a survivors network, which they are working on expanding. Kolkata Sanved is focused on scaling up policy level work through advocacy and outreach. We have also placed a focus on research; our research and unique monitoring process will build an evidence base from which to show the power and impact of our programming. The Kolkata Sanved Academy has been affiliated with the Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, and we have plans to scale up the Academy and create a diploma course. We have also begun a robust advocacy program, which includes the launching of an annual Dance for Revolution event in collaboration with Eve Ensler and V-Day as well as an engagement at the NGO CSW Forum this month.
For more information and to learn how you can help, visit kolkatasanved.org.