Before I start my review, you know how much I love the avant garde, fashion that makes me think, design that pushes my limits. That said I also have a profound appreciation for the designers who just get it. They know what women want, they know how to make women feel great and most of all they deliver season after season. Diane Von Furstenberg is that designer. She has built a phenomenal global business that most brands only dream to have and it all started with such a simple idea...the perfect print, the perfect shape, the perfect dress. I recently reviewed a spectacular collection of vintage DVF wrap dresses from the 1970s from Chelsea Girl Vintage in Soho and it reminded me how only a major talent with a relentless vision can create one item (not a logo) that stands the test of time and for which the brand is always recognized...pretty amazing!!!
What I also love about DVF is that the brand evolves, yet never loses site of the core customer; the FW '09 show was a perfect example of the brand's journey. Diane Von Furstenberg delivered a global collection that was chic, optimistic and completely modern and relevant. I always feel that she truly celebrates women and realizes that girls just want to have fun...one of my personal credos. I read that she was inspired by nomadic cultures and I definitely see the connection, but my take was slightly different. I thought the collection was so NYC, the ultimate melting pot. Sure I am biased, but I think New York is the center of the world and that New Yorkers are perhaps the ultimate nomads...we are world travelers, we represent the world culturally and ethinically and we influence global fashion. To me the DVF Fall '09 was about the quintessential NYC woman...how she lives her life and how she relates to the world at large.
I loved the pattern and texture mixing...the whole collection looked so tactile, so rich, so luxurious. Some called it comfortable, but I think it was less about cocooning and more about being out there, standing out...true self-expression. The prints (particularly the black and white and animal print groups) were some of the strongest I have seen yet and I adored the marled sweaters... The vibrant plaid on color-blocking looks were fab and will sure to be must-haves and I will surely be coveting the sequined dresses (yes, I love my bling). Not a wrap dress in site, yet the same pure concept...the perfect print, the perfect shape, the perfect FW '09 collection!!!