Friday, February 18, 2011

NYFW: Diane Von Furstenburg's Panache

Remember how I was complaining about a lack of allure in Sommerton's supposedly modern woman? Well, Diane von Furstenburg seems to have heard my plea.

Sign at DVF show / Image via

Isn't that sign adorable? In her collection, titled "American Legend," she sought to channel fearlessly iconic women, such as Millicent Rogers, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Diana Vreeland.

Bold, seventies style cuts and colors speak of that fearlessness, that power to make it to the top - without needing to prove yourself, either. The Southwest flavor reminds me of daring, Wild West heroines, alluding to the mysterious attraction of an independent woman. Even the styling reflected the "legend" - low ponytails and red lips against a neutral face (no foundation was used!) were strong, unfussy, and unceremoniously glamorous.

The mark of a true artist, DVF's designs compliment and reveal the woman underneath; she looks hardship in the eye and says, "World, I am woman. Hear me roar."

This is my ideal notion of fashion - not only as something pretty to look at, but a mode of evolution. It can create power than walks hand in hand with beauty, rather than objectifying or trivializing the person beneath.

Navajo-inspired prints
A little Far East flair floated in, with the tassels and obi belts.
Love the touch of the round sunglasses.
My favorite!
DVF's inspiration board / All images via

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