Since 2012 after the departure of Yvan Mispelaere from the creative director post of the Diane von Furstenberg house, new collections of the brand were created by the design team under the guidance of the founder of the house. However, with the arrival of Michael Herz – former Bally designer, as the new creative director in 2014 the brand got revitalized and refreshed, still maintaining the same high dose of femininity and elegance that have always defined the DVF style. The Diane von Furstenberg resort 2016 collection is yet another beautiful line designed by Herz and although it may include “just really easy resort pieces”, it comes drenched in luxe bohemian fashion, wherein Seventies meet touches of Eighties. He actually chose very simple and familiar Diane von Furstenberg silhouettes, managing to totally transform them and update with flirty prints and patterns.
Black and white are the protagonist colors within the collection, however, by the end of the lookbook we also discover pops of fuchsia and red to give life to the overall color palette. Prints take center stage throughout the entire line, as we see dresses, jumpsuits, skirts and tops adorned with tiny colorful floral patterns mixed with polka dots, as well as stripes and zebra motifs. You may find just one or two monochrome piece in this collection, like the pair of perfectly tailored high-waist bell-bottom trousers in a black coloring coming matched with a polka-dotted see-through top with a big bow detail on the neck and an elegant black cardigan with floral prints, or the classy little black dress with oversized textured floral motifs all over the dress that is a stylish piece to wear to various summer cocktail parties and formal events.
Alongside the lovely prints and color palette, the Diane von Furstenberg resort 2016 collection also utilizes other details and design techniques that make it look so thoroughly carefree, easy and interesting at the same time. Airy see-through fabrics have been used a lot both for printed and monochrome pieces, ranging from elegant flowing shirts and blouses to cocktail dresses. The white see-through dress with small buttons up on the front, a layered hemline and a cute bow detail on the neck is particularly ethereal and dreamy, looking so amazing when styled with the tiny magenta bag and the pair of polka dotted peep-toe shoes. Lace is the next delicate fabric used a lot and acting as the primary material for the white short-sleeved jumpsuit that is so fresh and elegant! Then we also see a new technique of patchwork when it’s not different textures and materials combined together, but rather patches of different patterns, including florals, dots and checkered motifs. The apron style maxi wrap dress is one amazing piece exercising this technique and we also love the colorful maxi skirt that comes teamed with a navy blue shirt.
While we love the innovative designs in the collection, it’s the classic wrap dress that catches our attention most of all, which comes reinvented in an apron style that looks even cuter and more romantic than a classic wrap dress would be. From outerwear and lovely separates to elegant maxi skirts, there are also tons of other stylish pieces you’ll love to acquire from this collection!
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