New York Fashion Week Spring ’10. Diane von Furstenberg’s Effortless Adventurer

September 13, 2009 • New York Fashion Week Spring '10

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Summary: Diane von Furstenberg's muse for her Spring 2010 Collection is a modern myth, an adventurer and the queen of the dessert. She is a reflection of the colors that surround her – marbled temples and the dazzling blue sky.

The looks were indeed fluid and effortless to wear (simply slip on a shift on or wrap on a layer) but a lot of embellishment went into the designs, including floral adornments, hammered metal, bright sequins, shredded chiffon to look like feathers, and shiny leather paillettes. All together was a mix of rich and warm colors, with accents of gold. The models looked like a cross between a flower child and a goddess, wearing headbands of golden leaves in their long wild hair.

The swimwear looks were a stand out, such as the the sunset coat over a rich burnt sienna one-piece. I also liked the black open weave macramé shown in both a jacket and mini dress. The gold coin beaded leather harem shift and other embellished dresses were beautiful and easy to wear. There were not a lot of the clean jersey wrap silhouettes that you'd expect from DVF, because there was so much texture and embellishment, and rather all over the place, like an import market. So I was elated to see one slick jersey drape dress in cream, worn with a sand blazer. DVF showed many separates including jackets, wraps, tanks, cardigans, dresses, shorts, mini skirts and jodhpurs allowing many options for the adventurous woman.

Color Palette: turquoise, green, gold, lavender, pale orange, bright green grass, khaki, yellow, black, cashmere, cream, sienna, grey, oatmeal

Fabrics & Textures: Chiffon, silk, cotton, canvas, cotton voile, satin georgette, slick jersey, jersey, jacquard, metallic mesh, macramé, shredded chiffon, leather paillettes, beading, foiled lace

Key Looks: Sunset printed canvas coat, burnt sienna swimsuit; Black knot cropped pe coat, black macramé mini dress; Black embellished chiffon jacket, blue anatolia tunic, black chiffon jodhpurs; Cream shredded cotton chiffon jacket, foiled lace cardigan, foiled lace tee, desert dust crop pant; Gold coin beaded leather harem shift

—Carol Calacci

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