New York Fashion Week Spring ’17: Diane von Furstenberg Reimagined Classics

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The first Spring/Summer collection since Diane von Furstenberg stepped down as head of her decades old namesake collection is one to be remembered. Jonathan Saunders, the new Chief Creative Officer for the brand, showcases his spin on the fashion icon’s collection, which took the classic silhouette and bias cut of the wrap dress and gave it a bit of an update. Needless to say this style can’t get any more classy and sophisticated, but Saunders managed to re-imagine the well known styles of DVF by presenting then in a new and modernized light perfect for the lady who still admires classic DVF but craves a bit of a modern twist.

The feminine take on the powerful women is truly not lost even though von Furstenberg has exited the brand; as the collection featured separates, dresses and coats that were incredibly effortless and wearable. Breezy wide leg pants, silk blouses with low cuts and ruffle details, oversized coats and biased cut dresses were the backbone of the collection featured in rich colors and bold prints. The prints were the real show stoppers, with not just a singular print dominating, but florals, stripes, checks and paisleys all working together in harmony creating a cohesive look that is far from monotonous.

Fabric choices where kept simple with silks, cottons, some leather and a splash of fur. Saunders also played around with body-hugging knits that didn’t stray from sophisticated  or verge on overly youthful. And of course his 2017 take on the classic DVF wrap dress did not disappoint, with updates including asymmetrical lines, looser fits, deeper v-necks and super cinched waists.

Some of my favorite looks in the collection were the plaid trench coat with a back and teal fur collar, the white damask strip midi length dress with deep v neck and dolman sleeves, the teal cropped knit sweater with horizontal stripes, and wide leg silk floral pants with a color block contrasting silk blouse.

–Carmen Turner


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