Being such an iconic designer, Diane von Furstenberg has a lot of wiggle room for creativity. For her fall/winter 2016 ready-to-wear collection during New York Fashion Week, she created a production unrivaled to any other fashion week event. The event was totally exclusive, and was held not in a standard location like Spring Studios, but instead in her headquarters on West 14th Street. Inside those who were able to attend the event could find some of the largest names in the modeling industry right now, such as Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn, and Lily Aldridge. But their presence is far from random.
The iconic designer has worked with each model, and has established some personal connections with them, which extend beyond the catwalk, which she disclosed during an interview with WWD. “We have all the big girls – Gigi, Kendall, Lily, Karlie. First, because they are gorgeous; and second, because I’ve become like their mother, their grandmother. They love me and I know everybody’s secrets. I love them and relate to those girls.”
Von Furstenberg has always exuded that kind of grandmotherly calm, so it’s not all that surprising to hear that type of relationship forming between her and those she works with. Although it is nice to hear when something positive comes from work within the modeling industry, especially with all of the news in the past revolving around the negative aspects.
As far as the Diane von Furstenberg fall/winter 2016 show was concerned, the extravaganza was beyond what was expected. We knew there would be something extraordinary about this season’s show, since von Furstenberg and the CFDA announced the upcoming changes to the system for fashion week, but a display showing the looks in “real-life” scenarios like an office setting and a party was not exactly on the radar.
The exclusive VIP area was where the top models were located, sporting the line’s best evening gowns in a disco-party setting. The models were dancing on a platform, and even convinced von Furstenberg herself to join in, rather than stick to the sidelines and clap along as she did for most of the presentation. Those who were watching the scene had their phones out, snapping pictures of the insane display.
This type of forward thinking is how the designer is achieving her status as a total fashion icon, as her goal was to breathe life into the clothes, as well as the models themselves, rather than just using them as canvases for her artwork. Some of the looks featured on the models of the evening were available for immediate purchase right after the event wrapped up, which was one of the only aspects that was disclosed prior to the event itself.
But regardless of all the hype around the party and otherwise boisterous presentation, the clothes were supposed to be the center of attention. The success of this may be debatable in the heat of the event, but the aftermath of brilliant photo-ops from those in attendance seem to have been worthwhile. Even if the clothes were pushed back in importance during the event, by the time news reached the consumers the hype was at just the right level.
Furstenberg is basically the founder of the wrap dress, so the DVF fall/winter 2016-2017 collection featured many of dresses of that variety. As per usual, DVF came out with some trendy looks that are perfectly ready-to-wear, no matter what the occasion is. The looks were fun, youthful, and downright sexy without being too over-the-top or too revealing. The color and styling decisions speak for themselves following a brief look-through of the collection, and anything else that is missing between those lines can easily be picked up by knowing the context in which they were presented.
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