Diane on Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg was born December 31, 1946, in Brussels, Belgium. One of the world’s most efficacious fashion designers, von Furstenberg captivated the fashion industry when she presented her now-iconic “wrap dress” for the working woman in 1972. By the mid-70s, von Furstenberg’s “wrap dress” had transformed American women’s attire. It was a multipurpose garment—functioning as both a relaxed business dress and sophisticated evening-wear. Furstenberg became a influential fashion icon in the 70s by acknowledging the needs of a growing number of career-minded women. By 1976, she had sold 5 million wrap dresses, landed covers of Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal, and created the fragrance Tatiana, named after her daughter.

The SS13 show was named Palazzo in London Fashion week, and DVF did not disappoint. Her collection showcased the most wonderful assortment of trousers. Ranging from cigarette pants worn in a sari style under a tunic, to aquamarine sequined joggers, the show in essence boasted an optimistic summer chic. Furstenberg and creative director Yvan Mispelaere created clothes that evoked feelings of spirited, bohemian and exotic.

And, of course, this meant that the original beauty of the billowing silky palazzo pant made known of its presence, along with the caftan wrap dresses that were flaunted in jewel inspired colours, worn over narrow cigarette trousers. There were tip-offs of 60s fashion and sportswear too – which are going to be winners this season, but the all-embracing sense was one of adventure.

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