Now this is what I expect a spring show to look like!
For 2015, Diane von Fürstenberg went against the grain and premiered a collection that was almost devoid of the brand’s signature wrap dresses. The show was infused with a noticeable 70’s vibe, with models sporting faaabulous flowing locks and pretty cat-eyed makeup- all of which, you’ll soon be seeing on me.
Brigitte Bardot was instantly recognizable as the inspiration behind this offering, and true to form, the clothes were very sexy, but cute. There was a lot of skin with tiny crop tops, mini dresses, hot pants and gowns split to the thigh making up the majority of the show, though cute jackets and jeans in various cuts and colours of were seen. Flirty dresses, circle skirts, gauzy button-down blouses and cute maxi skirts perfectly rounded out the runway looks.
Silhouettes were kept very 70s bombshell, with short and flirty being the main theme. Trousers were high-waisted, skin-tight and boot-cut, skirts swing-y and ruffled, shirts featured bell-sleeves or cuffed arms and jackets were kept sleek and mod-cut. It was all very free, very flowing and effortlessly chic.
Overall, it was a very cute show, with playful prints and bright colours taking center stage. Pattern wise, florals dominated with both abstract prints and traditional interpretations, along with floral lace appliqués and beading. Gingham was also a big feature, with the checks being mixed with the striking floral patterns to stunning effect.
All that girly chic could have easily gone South- but we’re dealing with a design leader here – Madame von Fürstenberg expertly toned down the fluttery effect by pairing the prints with solid colours and semi-opaque overlays. The gingham was everywhere! Decorating the side panels of handbags and clutches- even shoe straps, I’m almost certain had there been cloth belts or scarves, the gingham would have been featured there too!
I’m normally not a fan of the motif, but used in this way it’s a refreshing pattern choice, and I’m tempted to introduce a little gingham into my closet. I’m completely in love with the floral prints, especially the trailing tree pattern in black and white, and the graphic green, white and yellow vines- in fact my favourite pieces from the show are two jackets featuring these motifs.
Other favorites include the white hot pants, the bright yellow floral shift dress, the pink crop jacket and the gingham peplum tunic. I’m a fan of the accessories too especially the purple-banded handbag and the gingham-fronted envelope clutch. Also… those heels are fab!
It’s a very cute, happy collection, and despite all the crop tops, it doesn’t come off as too sexy to me. I’m normally a fan of Madame von Fürstenberg and I’m especially pleased with this season’s flirty offering. I think it will really be a hit when late spring/ summer rolls in next year. What a fabulous show!
I’m also pretty impressed with the fact that this was one of the few shows where the models looked happy on the runway! That, and any show that ends with style/ pose/ everything goddess Naomi Campbell is sure to be a hit with me!
Enjoy loves XXX