story by Lisa Radano
photos by udor
There is an adage in fashion, goes something like – “If you wore a trend the first time, you’re too old to wear it when it returns.” Did the grande dame Diane von Furstenburg get where she is by following such reductive rules? Mais non. This cheeky iconoclast wears her curly hair long, her red-soled heels high, and she lives by the declaration proffered prior to her Fall 2013 show – “ It’s not that you are going to a party, life is a party!” DVF’s party had smiling models, cheery fabrics in pink, red, rust, and royal blue, funky animal prints and lurex, disco diva classics, soft touchable hair and a host of fluid, flattering, very easy to wear dresses and trousers.
Citing the glam rock era as her groovy and intrepid Sherpa, DvF served up belted tunics and peasant gowns, fur trimmed coats, slouchy metallic pants or trim jeans, and a knockout alligator embossed gold tuxedo. Is this how everyone looked way back when? DvF’s added some modern touches, not the least of which are provided by advances made in fabrics. Her own classic chain link print looks like it’s had one too many, exploding irrepressibly off the boundary line of various hems. But this lady knows what she’s doing; after all she was there, partying with the best of them. And what would a seventies homage be without ultra suede, or the iconic wrap dress? Here they are offered as one, in a rich, earthy rust, looking pulled together and casual all at once. If you wore this trend the first time, you are hereby invited to the party where you must wear it again. And again. Timeless trend, no oxymoron here.
Cue “I’m Every Woman!” Out walks the divine Ms. Diane, taking the entire u-shaped runway to sashay and stroll, stopping to hug and kiss all her lucky party guests.