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In the Pink:
The Jeannie Dress

This blushing dress is just the cure for cloudy days in spring and summer. In floral cotton with rich pink ombré to accentuate the flare of the skirt, this Jeannie is the perfect mix of ladylike and carefree. A multi-strand necklace works well with the Jeannie’s crew neck, while cork sandals elongate the leg. As always, a well-matched bag is the best way to add instant polish. For this little pink dress, our vote goes to a woven version of our indispensable envelope clutch.

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After Dark:
The Olivia Dress

The allure of black lace is an instant standout in the after dark hours. The new Olivia dress reimagines our favorite stretch lace in a slip dress silhouette, making for one very sexy evening look. Scalloped edging along the neckline and mid scoop back match the detailing of our Vanessa heel, a suede and mesh stiletto that’s ready for summer nights. To finish the look, we love a pop of color, namely the Powerstone Minaudière in chic raspberry snake.

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Jessica Joffe’s Guide to Your Weekend Getaway

My little summer darlings, Memorial Day Weekend is almost here and it’s time to call in sick and escape your humdrum city life—just momentarily—for somewhere (or someone) more exotic.

There are really only three rules for a successful weekend getaway. 1) Pack lightly, of course (you don’t want anything weighing you down), so… 2) You have enough room for multiple pairs of shoes! Shoes are the best accessory to help you transform/cheat from day to night, casual to formal and so on. More shoes mean you’re prepared for anything. 3) Invest in a gorgeous and sizeable dopp kit. I suspect you won’t want to spend any part of the weekend queuing up at the local pharmacy buying lesser versions of your favorite products!

You know how I feel about flip flops but if, like me, you’re heading to the beach, they become as indispensable as they are inappropriate in the city, and can easily dress down a beautiful floral shirt dress, which you can wear as a cover-up by day and cocktail dress by night, just by adding a pair of bright heels, a python clutch and statement necklace. This jaunty open toe bootie, available soon, may be a heel but it’s as buttery soft and comfortable as a flat, so when you’re suddenly summoned for a spot of sightseeing, the opening of a local gallery or to try that new restaurant in town (followed by an intensive round of afternoon real estate sightings) you’re prepared. Just don’t forget your sunglasses and a slight air of mystery wherever you go.

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Gala in the Great Hall

Today marks the opening of the Peopling of America galleries at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, and last night the Great Hall was bustling in celebration. Diane, Patti LuPone and Henry Louis Gates Jr. were all honored for their contributions to America at the annual Gala in the Great Hall. Ms. LuPone and Mr. Gates, who both trace their ancestry through Ellis Island, were given Family Heritage Awards. Diane was presented with the B. C. Forbes Peopling of America Award, which goes to an immigrant who arrived after Ellis Island closed.

The evening began at Battery Park, with guests walking through old passages leading to ferry boats for the ride to Ellis Island. After cocktails and canapés, dinner was seated in the Great Hall and guests were treated to a grand dinner that was fittingly diverse, with Moroccan tagine, Tuscan kale, chicken paprikash and more.

When the program began, each honoree was surprised with a video detailing their origins and contributions. As Diane took the stage to a standing ovation to receive her award—shaped after Lady Liberty’s torch—she was visibly moved by the footage of her as a tiny girl with her late parents covering her in kisses. She described how she learned about immigration—her father took her to a Hungarian refugee camp in 1956—and arriving in America via ship with her suitcase filled with jersey dresses. She finished her speech with a surprise tribute to the Statue of Liberty. She thanked Lady Liberty declaring “You’re my hero!”

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The Essential Reina Tunic

Black and white and color is one of our favorite ways to dress, and we can’t imagine a better example of the look than our Reina tunic with bright summer accessories. This tunic has an easy, straight shape that’s flattering and comfortable, with a slim long sleeve and a slit v-neck. A true DVF essential, the Reina has been updated for the season in a graphic floral that’s perfect for summer in the city. A crossbody bag in daffodil and leather sandals in a Heritage print are the perfect nod to the sunshine, which brings us to the finishing touch: glamorous shades are always a must!

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Brittany’s Singapore Fashion Week Diary

As my 21-hour flight landed in Singapore, I breathed in the humidity and became so overwhelmed–my first time in Southeast Asia had finally arrived. It was such an honor that Diane and the DVF team asked me to be a part of their trip to Singapore and Thailand. I got to see for myself that the House of DVF has had such an impact on the young women in these cities.

After settling in on the first day, I was invited to the Botanical Garden by Diane and Steven Kolb, the CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, who would be speaking together before Diane presented her Fall 2015 runway show at Singapore Fashion Week. We walked around the astonishing garden where every flower had its own scent and personality.

There were so many unforgettable moments on the trip: dinner with the US Ambassador to Singapore and his wife, a tour around the city, and a visit to the rooftop of the remarkable Marina Bay Sands resort. This resort has a mall, a museum and a view of the city that will take your breath away. But the most memorable moment was when Diane and Steven spoke to the fashion students of Lasalle College about opportunities in the US and what they need to do to succeed in this competitive industry. Next, we headed straight to a successful opening of Diane’s renovated ION Orchard shop where over 500 guests filled the escalators of the mall in their wrap dresses!

Our Singapore trip ended with the Fall 2015 show. We had only two days to prep, including model castings with over 200 girls who flew in from around the world, and then all the fittings! But it went very well, and afterwards we did interviews with the top magazine editors and TV networks. Diane certainly set the bar high with her opening to Singapore Fashion Week! After a great show, Diane hosted a dinner where I was lucky enough to sit next to the designer Thakoon. We chatted about the DVF show, his upcoming runway show, and what I aspire to do with the DVF Brand Ambassador opportunity. We spoke for hours and he gave me so much advice on who to speak to, and what I can do next. Then he gave me a list of places to look forward to in his native Thailand, the next stop on our trip!

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Love Diane:
Returning to Bangkok

Last time I went to Bangkok I was 19. I went on a trip across Asia with Egon, my boyfriend who later became my husband and the father of my children. While visiting the temples and marveling at the floating market we were introduced to two very special people who ruled Bangkok at the time. One was royal Princess Chumbhot, a socialite collector, and the other was American-born Jim Thompson, founder of Thai Silk, a successful weaving company.
This week, many decades after that first visit, I returned to Bangkok to open a flagship store at Emquartier, and I happened to be hosted in the most glamorous way: in the old houses of both the Princess and the Thai Silk founder, which are now museums.
The first night Siri Udomritthiruj, a descendant of the princess, had arranged the most refined dinner party at Suan Pakkad Palace, also called the Wooden Palace. Most of all, I loved the Lacquer Pavillion and its magnificent mural gold paintings of the Life of Lord Buddha. Siri, a dynamic business woman who also founded Vogue Thailand had planned every detail of the menu, and insisted in gifting me me the exquisite mirrored wooden carving place settings that adorned the table.
The next night, we went to Jim Thompson’s house, also now a museum. It turns out that under a complete coincidence, Egon and I had been the last people who had dined with the founder of the Thai Silk Company. He had gone to Malaysia the next morning where he mysteriously disappeared, never to be found again. Eric Booth, a charming Thai French man now manages the business/foundation and was as excited to meet me as I was to go back in that extraordinary house. Eric and his graceful wife arranged a very exquisite dinner with the most extraordinary flower decorations and flamboyant guests.

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Our Weekend Essentials

As summer dawns with its long days and holiday weekends, we’re celebrating the spirit of wanderlust. There’s no better way to greet the season than stocking your closet with colorful and packable must-haves. An ombré top in crinkle cotton pairs perfectly with white shorts or a wide-leg jean—and doubles as a pullover on chilly nights. A floral Prita shirt dress is a standout on its own or over jeans, while an embossed gold envelope clutch works well with all of the above. Zip some bold jewelry pieces into a streamlined travel pouch and you’ll leave room for a statement item, like a powerstone minaudière in raspberry snake.

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Jessica Joffe’s Guide to the Cannes Film Festival

In case you haven’t noticed, the Cannes Film Festival started yesterday and while you thought the Met Ball was the season’s most exciting pageant show, the international community might say the crimson staircase leading up to the Palais des Festivals et des Congres is just as exciting, if not a bit more (consider the surfeit of European flair and je ne sais quoi!). Personally, I’d add that Cannes’s Promenade de la Croisette will prove to be even more inspiring for this season’s body con and skin-baring trends.

But, no matter, we’re in the South of France for les films and in that vein, I’ll take you on a little journey through the most promising films of the week, chief among them the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel “The Price of Salt” by Todd Haynes and renamed “Carol. Featuring two of my/your/everyone’s absolute favorite actresses — Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara – as lovers, the story dips into tragedy before leaving the audience on an optimistic note.

Competing against Todd Haynes is another great American filmmaker from whom we haven’t heard much in recent years: Gus Van Sant who debuts “The Sea of Trees” this week. The film tells the story of Arthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey) who travels to the Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mount Fuji – also known as the Sea of Trees – to kill himself, meeting Takumi Nakamura (Ken Wantanabe) who too has lost his way, and decides instead to help the man to safety. In their shared quest for survival, the two men find themselves on a journey of reflection as they climb out of the metaphorical and real woods.

Also in competition is Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario” starring Emily Blunt in a meaty role as an idealistic young FBI agent working the lawless border area between the US and Mexico, who gets embroiled in the violent world of drug trafficking. Sicario, by the way, means ‘hitman’ in Spanish. The film also features Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin and Jon Bernthal.

If you ever had the chance to watch the surreal Greek horror/drama “Dogtooth” by Yorgos Lanthimos, you’ll be thrilled to hear that his latest, international and English language production “The Lobster” is just as surreal and features some of your favorite actors surrendering to his wild vision. Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilley and more round out the cast of the film set in a dystopian future where lonely people must find a matching mate within a 45-day period in a hotel. If they fail, they are transformed into animals and sent into the woods. Farrell and Weisz make a run for it but that’s all we can say for now.

Somewhat hot on the heels of “La Grande Bellezza” — Paolo Sorrentino’s homage to Fellini’s 8 ½ — comes “Youth,” featuring the bourgeois bromantic duo Harvey Keitel and Michael Caine, a filmmaker and composer respectively, soaking up the healing waters of an Alpine spa, and soaking in their glory days, when Caine is summoned back to England to give one last performance for the Queen. Be prepared for stunning, sweeping cinematography, slightly nonsensical but existential dialogue and constant reminders of man’s mortality.

For a slightly more old-timey existential crisis, look no further than the latest and sexiest “Macbeth” directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender as the Scottish general and Marion Cotillard as his wife, the original champion of leaning in, though never known as a dab hand in the laundry department. If this isn’t the most beautiful pair of usurpers then I don’t know who is.

Woody Allen’s latest “An Irrational Man” will also showcase existential crises, though not in official competition with any of the other films bowing at Cannes. Allen newbie Joaquin Phoenix plays a neurotic philosophy professor (aren’t we all?) who falls for his brilliant and chatty student, played by none other than Emma Stone. The trouble here is that he already has a brilliant and chatty wife in Parker Posey and he may or may not have come up with a dangerous solution to his crisis. Clever dialogue and happy endings ensue.

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Summer Nights:
The Lesly Dress

We’re wild about ombré for the summer months, from flirty cotton dresses to light cashmere sweaters. On the new Lesly dress, it’s also a stunning way to bring color into the evening hours. With a pleated skirt that lends lots of movement, a flattering structured bodice, and raw-edged chiffon for an appliqué effect, the Lesly captures all the whimsy of summer nights. At once glamorous and carefree, we’re wearing this dress with a shimmering pink clutch, gold stilettos, and the ultimate finishing touch: a delicate wildflower crown from our friends at Stone Fox Bride.

 

 

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