Jonathan Saunders’ Diane von Furstenberg pre-fall 2017 collection expounds on a portion of her design that is as synonymous with her name as the wrap dress, but given less attention. Although the wrap dress is a fashion triumph that looks good on every woman, one of the most important things about Diane von Furstenberg’s work is to keep the wrap dress from being boring, making an appearance nearly every season and infuriatingly never mentioned as highly as it should be.
Diane von Furstenberg has an inimitable gift for patterns and textures. It is the patterns and textures of her clothes that keep staples like the wrap dress from being boring or one note, not just the silhouettes and optional cuts and ruffles.
Textiles are not typically underrated and in this case, it is more that they are overshadowed by the name of Diane von Furstenberg and her brilliant wrap dresses. But that is about to change. The new chief creative officer, Jonathan Saunders, titled the fashion house a ‘textile house’ and is using the incredible amount of prints to create even more, adding his own to the company and continuing to develop new fabrics.
The presentation for the Diane von Furstenberg pre-fall 2017 collection was met with an appreciation for the incredible colors and combination of fabrics.
Jonathan Saunders has said that he likes to test the fabrics, creating a different looks through constant attention. Saunders told Vogue: “I work a lot on the mannequin, cutting on the bias, and combining spontaneously when the fabrics come in.”
The pre-fall 2017 presentation was stunning in more ways than one. The ever-present wrap dress was lovely, done in a pretty peach flowered turquoise print on a breezy material with three-quarter-length sleeves. Another of the impressive looks in the collection was a combination of yellow, red and lilac. The lemon yellow knit sits beneath a lilac fil coupe sheath and is topped with a rich red fox stole.
In fact, many of the looks were beautifully layered, prints paired together unexpectedly but interestingly. The collection overall is kaleidoscopic, while individual looks are prismatic and entrancing. The mixture of the textures and the flow of the fabrics create a bevy of incredible silhouettes that would look great in any atmosphere.
The prints are not the only interesting point, as the feel of the clothes range from satin smooth to textured lace and even soft, plush fur. One of my favorite looks is a striped diagonal print on a single shoulder dress. The stripes are periwinkle blue, copper and cream and the bottom of the dress reaches a few inches beneath the knee, with a thigh-high side slit on one side. Overall the collection is nothing short of exquisite.
Photos courtesy of Vogue