Runway Review: Diane von Furstenberg

Gingham and retro florals reigned the runway in the SS15 collection by the queen of prints herself, Diane von Furstenberg.  Taking inspiration from the French Rivera in the 1950s, models channeled their inner Bridget Bardot hair and beauty-wise and donned full skirts and shift dresses that exuded elegance and the classic subtleties of sex appeal.

Immaculately tailored car coats and pencil skirts paired with pinup-style bustiers, for a look that was ladylike meets femme fatale.  A touch of modern romance was added into the mix with layers of sheer, floaty ruffles adorning skirt and dress hemlines.  Though a palette of greens, yellows, and pinks popped towards the finale, it was the show’s starting mix and match of black and white that made the strongest statement.

“Be happy.  Be sexy.  Be the woman you want to be. Smile.”  DVF’s words to the models before they hit the runway were perhaps most refreshing. A rare catwalk full of smiles was the perfect mid-week reminder that fashion is something to have fun with.  Now that’s a sentiment we can smile about.

About the Author

Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram @sarahbertness.