Diane Von Furstenberg A/W 2012 NYFW

The ‘Diane’ woman is one who isn’t afraid to make a statement. She’s bright, fun and carries an element of playfulness in all that she does. It was these exact qualities that made Diane Von Furstenberg’s A/W collection so delightful and so ‘Diane’.

A beautiful black, knee-length wrap dress opened the show, a beginning reminiscent of Diane’s establishment in fashion as well as a show of her sophisticated and refined style creations. However, the black in the show quickly transcended into what Diane Von Furstenberg does best. Colour. Bold and bright hues covered the catwalk and showcased Diane’s signature palette. Colour blocking, and I quote her highness herself, is what the brand do ‘with our eyes closed.’ But it was with them open that onlookers in Lincoln Centre’s main auditorium saw the delights on offer this Autumn. Maroons, magenta, turquoise and red were just a few of the vibrant victories made by Diane that really did bring life to New York fashion week.

Shimmer and shine also graced the show. In one particular long sleeved, cream top, the wearer will sure to be left dazzling as well as delightfully wrapped up, whilst, surprisingly for DVF, the aforementioned detail was shown in more simple black dresses. Sparkle was also seen in embellishment exquisitely attached to the neck of one particular black dress and successfully transformed, what would be, simple shift dresses into delights picked for the most special of occasions.

And what would better endow a DVF show than prints galore! Nostalgic and whimsical prints gave the catwalk its playful side as well as leaving a smile on all those observing. Jigsaw print scattered one boldly coloured shift dress whilst 80’s inspired keys on a silk blouse were reflective of decades passed. Hand prints were also seen as well as looped key chain detail printed onto long gowns mixing the playful with the sophisticated, what DVF does so perfectly. Floor length gowns were then paraded down the catwalk in all the exquisite colours that DVF discovers. A sequined floor length black halter neck dress closed the show, however it’s the flashes of colour that gave the show its striking beauty.

A there it is, a New York fashion week wonder. And similar to the nostalgia that filled the venue, those who love fashion and its makers will certainly be looking back to this particular show, with a smile on their face for sure. Just what Diane wants most…

Grace Quinn