Where other designers may falter with global fashion influences, Diane von Furstenberg does ethnic at its best in her Spring 2009 Collection. Her designs evoke both a Jet-set lifestyle of parties and yachts and a leisurely afternoon in a foreign market scouring trinkets. It’s this relaxed, easy glamour that eludes so many designers in their collections, and so many women in their lives. But not the women of von Furstenberg’s runway. Coco Rocha, Chanel Iman, Karlie Kloss and a genuinely diverse group of mannequins were as beautifully nomadic as the fashions themselves.
The collection is called Oasis and DVF offers this quote to sum it up “Looking into Antiquity … for effortless beauty.” She casts her girl as “an Orientalist figure” who effortlessly sets out across horizons. The color palette of browns, purples and rich earthy colors is described as “Pre-Raphaelite” in the show notes, muted but bold.
Fluid and feminine dresses were clearly the star players, but structured jackets deserve a nomination for their supporting roles. As usual, von Furstenberg presented an elegant collection in which most women will find something to love.
Full photo gallery to come – more of my personal pics and a runway video on the blog!