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Summer Spotlight:
The Celeste

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.

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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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SO DVF:
The 2015 Met Gala

The wait is over for the party of the year!
The theme of this year’s Met Gala and exhibition is “China: Through the Looking Glass” and we’re thrilled the show features a Qipao-inspired DVF wrap dress in the stunning China vine print.
The grand event also marks the debut of some spectacular custom DVF on the red carpet. For model Gigi Hadid’s first Met Gala appearance, Fall 2015 lace was spun into a butterfly bodice of silk overlayed with hand embroidered lace and appliqué flowers, all in good luck red. With a bias cut silk skirt, straps of individually beaded hand cut lace flowers and a back of sheer embellished lace, Gigi’s look truly steals the spotlight.
Kate Beckinsale’s look reimagines a hand pleated tie neck gown from our Fall collection in gold mesh jersey, with panels of hand embroidered gold lace on the hips and back in the same China vine featured in the show.
Kate Mara’s white crepe gown takes the mandarin collar and mixes it with a plunging twist neckline straight from the runway. Hand beading adds a touch of sparkle to her super chic look.
Last but not least, Diane selected a column of silk jersey in China vine, the colors accented with hand beading against the black and white print. As Diane loves to say, black and white and color is so DVF!

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Summer Must Have:
The Camila Dress

Camila is truly the dress that has it all. Ready for summer, this chiffon style features flattering ruching, the season’s boldest shade, and a high-low skirt that shows off the leg. Plus, the gathered neckline has plenty of stretch, so it can be worn on and off the shoulder, depending on your mood. With easy accessories in cork and suede, the bold Camila may very well be the most versatile style of the season.

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Spotted:
Miranda Kerr in DVF

You can always count on Miranda Kerr for the best in effortless elegance, and lately she’s been taking her style to great lengths. This week, the model mom was spotted in her go-to wrap dress, a long chain link Abigail, and last week she wore a DVF Pre-Fall maxi while on the go at LAX. 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!

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Jessica Joffe:
The #TZRXDVF Coachella Brunch

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.

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Jessica Joffe’s Coachella Packing Guide

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)

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Jessica Joffe’s Spring Guide to New York

You’ve barely survived April Fools’ Day and a less-than-salutary beginning to spring, but you can’t help notice the days are longer and the sun is shining just a little bit brighter. Even though 48 degrees isn’t exactly warm, you have decided to leave the scarf and hat behind today and exchange your boots for a pair of ballerinas. So while you scour the trees for sprouting buds (and delight in the odd patch of crocuses at your feet) remember that spring is really when New York’s cultural institutions come out of hibernation. So even though you’re still cold and pale, some of the year’s best plays, exhibitions and performances are there for the taking, so go out and explore.

Look:
Just in time for this weekend’s release of Simon Curtis’ “The Woman in Gold,” Neue Galerie –my favorite museum not only because it comes in my mother tongue – puts its most famous possession “The Woman in Gold,” Gustav Klimt’s portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, on display, along with drawings, archival materials, photographs and sister paintings to fill out this fascinating story of Klimt’s favorite muse.

Head a few blocks further north to the Museum of the City of New York for something completely different but equally fascinating and important: “Hip-Hop Revolution: Photographs by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper.” With more than 100 photographs taken between 1977-1990, this exhibit charts the early, and arguably most important days in the evolution of hip-hop.

Go:
In anticipation of the Tony Awards, March and April have become the busiest months for the year’s best theatre. Three plays make my cut, though I advise seeing as many different plays on, off and off-off Broadway as you can this month.

The late playwright Wendy Wasserstein’s seminal classic “The Heidi Chronicles” is the sort of play that never really goes out of style, no matter how firmly rooted in its time it may be. The wonderfully nuanced Elizabeth Moss as Heidi Hollander reminds us that over a lifetime a woman will always have to fight against compromising her political, philosophical, romantic and familial ideals, regardless whether it’s 1968, 1988 or 2015.

Former teen star and reigning queen of Coachella Vanessa Hudgens makes her Broadway debut as Gigi, the famous French courtesan-in-training dreamed up by Colette and immortalized by Leslie Caron in Vincent Minnelli’s 1958 classic musical. Rewritten for a millennial audience, this new production brings “Gigi” to youngsters who have yet to revel in the willful and romantic young girl’s journey to finding uncompromised true love.

One of my favorite playwrights, Bathsheba Doran, has written another brilliant play about the “The Mystery of Love & Sex.” A young woman confused by her own desires and secrets collides with her parents (played by Tony Shalhoub and Diane Lane), who are mystified by their own as well.

Watch:
This weekend, if you must go to the cinema, indulge in some guilty pleasures. An old school, golden-hued biopic, including a major Nazi theft, a famous painting, Helen Mirren trying out an Austrian accent for size and Ryan Reynolds in a pair of wire-rimmed glasses, “The Woman in Gold” is your perfect antidote to a long work week. And you’ll get a little history lesson thrown in for free.

Read:
Still trying to get through the Goldfinch three years later, and dying for a new book or two? Pore over Rizzoli’s new “Snapshots of Dangerous Women” (hundreds of women smoking and being bad) and try the superbly witty “Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen” by Mary Norris, the New Yorker’s reigning copy editor, so we can all finally learn perfect comma placement (and a few other things).

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Coming Soon:
Our Third NYC Shop!

We’re thrilled to announce DVF’s third New York City location… on Thursday, March 26 we are opening our doors at Brookfield Place! We invite you all to celebrate the occasion with treats and champagne all day and a visit from our Global Brand Ambassador, Brittany Hampton, from 6-8pm.*

To further fête downtown’s newest destination, we’re sharing some of our favorite spots in the area. So mark your calendar for a downtown day on March 26, and in the meantime, follow us on Twitter at @DVFBrookfieldPl.

Urban Archaeology
Art Nouveau lamps, art deco railings, one-of-a-kind clocks… this is the perfect spot to find salvaged and original treasures to create an elegant, eclectic space.

The Mysterious Bookshop
We’d come in for the name alone, but a charming shop and 35 years of expertise in mystery books and periodicals, first editions and rare editions certainly doesn’t hurt.

The Odeon
A true New York City classic, everyone from Andy Warhol to Lorne Michaels has been a regular–for good reason. Stop in for the Niçoise, a glass of wine, and the people watching of course!

Drybar
Champagne, treats, and sunny décor. What’s not to love about Alli Webb’s blowout bar? Make a quick stop here between a new look from DVF and dinner with the girls.

Pier 25 – Hudson River Park
Between hiking, swimming and sailing, Diane is always inspired by the outdoors. This park is a sweet escape within the city with lawns, games, and a perfect river view.

Tribeca Film Center
This community center for filmmakers also hosts the annual Tribeca Film Festival. Prepare to be moved, entertained and inspired from April 15-26 (but get your tickets now)!

DVF Brookfield
We’re new to the neighborhood! Our third New York City shop is the best place in Lower Manhattan to explore our ready-to-wear and accessories collections.

 

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My Blue Heaven

We love the world through the eyes of Natalie Joos: witty, unexpected and always with a vintage twist. The stylist extraordinaire took our Spring Collection to L.A., where she found herself some It girls and fabulous locales and started snapping away. Over the next few weeks we’ll be revealing Natalie’s gorgeous, sun-soaked images, so check back, and read more about the shoot, inspiration, and tips for wearing these Spring styles now.

Tell us about your inspiration for the shoot.
The inspiration started with the clothes. Diane and her team had envisioned this collection in Saint-Tropez. It was for the fun, chic and relaxed girl on the French Riviera. Names like Brigitte Bardot came to mind and I felt it had something ‘50s too. Since I was going to be in Los Angeles, I imagined this collection could work very well in a pastel-colored environment, with a retro twist. When my producer showed me the Pink Motel, I know we had to shoot there. The rest was all improv.

And how did you decide on the girls?
I always have my ear on the ground for the new It girls. In each city I visit and want to shoot, I find out from reliable resources, in this case one of my previous muses and local LA girl, who the cool kids on the block are. Then I do my research online and on Instagram and start to form my own image of them. Z Berg looked really fun and photogenic and I loved the fact that she was in a band. She suggested to shoot with her friend Paige, a very pretty girl who happens to be dating one of Z’s exes. I loved the organic nature of the process. As soon as we spoke on the phone I knew we’d have fun together. They had the right kind of energy and enthusiasm.

What about the Spring Collection drew you to an old hotel in LA?
We had a lot of different ideas before we landed on the hotel. We thought about a house with a pool, or the beach, or the Venice canals. But in the end we thought the colors would pop best at the Pink Motel. For me the collection has a retro feel, a little bit ‘60s at times, sometimes ‘70s, and I thought it worked well against an old pastel backdrop like that. It would also give the shoot that Cali feeling.

How does New York vintage differ from California vintage?
California vintage is more grunge and bohemian. New York is a little bit more structured I would say. But in the end every vintage store caters to the same customer. We all love old things and we wear them all over the world.

What was your favorite piece to work with?
I am really smitten with the little bralets. They’re so pretty and sexy!

Diane loves an unexpected twist, and your work seems to capture that so well. What can you tell us about the art of the unexpected?
In order to keep people interested you have to keep changing and moving forward. People get so bored of repetition. They want to be surprised, or shocked, or simply amazed. I am not a fan of the banal. I am always looking for new ways to not only inspire myself but also others. Fashion is about experimenting and about having fun. And if you want to keep people’s attention, you have to keep them on their toes.

Travel is such a frequent part of your work…what are your travel essentials? 
I am a little bit of a travel expert now, I think. Packing happens on autopilot. Foremost I need earplugs! Can’t sleep without them. A moisturizing mask. A good book. My favorite sunglasses. My running shoes and gear.

Finally, for those of us for whom Spring has arrived but it’s still freezing, any tips on how to wear the things we love now?
The key is cashmere, on your bare skin. It should be your first layer: a tight fitting cashmere long sleeve T-shirt. I guarantee nothing gets through. I wore a white one under my Spring shirt for the DVF show, and it became super ‘70s like that. I wore “summer” pants during the Fall shows but I wore wool tights under them. Always a hat, to prevent your body from cooling down. Gloves. And at least 3 layers.
Winter doesn’t get to me at all.

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