With its mini length and bold batik print, the Celeste romper is all about the attitude. One of our favorite wrap styles, the Celeste features a collar and button cuffs that contrast its playful hemline. Speaking of contrast, we love to pair the soft, slinky silk jersey with a chunky heel, big shades, and a long crossbody bag that’s perfect for packing light. In our hottest new print, the Celeste is the wrap of the summer.
May 29, 2015
If, like me, your main goal in life is to be a cowgirl, but you’re not quite sure how to go about attaining such status, or where in New York you can practice said occupation with requisite gusto, let’s all start together on the ground floor.
1. Retrieve that gaucho hat you threw into the back of your closet after last Halloween’s turn as the Hamburglar.
2. Buy a few tubs of Kevyn Aucoin’s “The Celestial” Bronzing Veil and apply liberally to cheek bones, bridge of nose, brow and clavicle to give the feeling you’ve been riding on the range with nothing but a hat for protection since birth.
3. Deposit half a bottle of Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray into your hair and perhaps add a few stalks of straw for good measure (remember to save one stalk to chew on).
4. All you need now is this ombré Amora dress the color of the big Montana sky…
5. Shoes the color of the dust bowl (any real cowgirl can ride in heels)…
6. A practical fringed crossbody bag the color of the setting sun…
7. And a lasso. Now you can make your way to the closest farm to purchase your own heard of cattle.
8. VOILA: cowgirldom is yours!
May 27, 2015
Trendsetting and talented young women have a way of favoring our printed jumpsuits (see: Rita Ora, Ariana Grande). Recently, singer and actress Victoria Justice joined their ranks, donning a special DVF Ireland jumpsuit for An Evening with Women benefiting the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood, CA.
May 26, 2015
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.
May 26, 2015
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.
May 21, 2015
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.
May 20, 2015
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!”
May 20, 2015
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!
May 19, 2015
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!
May 18, 2015
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.