The saying goes, ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ and it seems designer Diane von Furstenberg is going by that rule. Her latest collection titled, ‘American Legends’ stayed true to her winning formula of easy, sexy wearable clothes, with a shot of colour and a dash of exuberant print.
There was a cowboy feel to Diane’s latest offering, with gaucho-pants, fringed poncho-jackets and knee-boots, and the Wild West theme continued in bolero hats, loose peasant blouses and sash belts.
Star motifs and fringing were a common occurrence and the striking colour palette of black burnt orange, aquamarine and gold seemed to reference American Indian culture. Of course the wrap dress returned, in an array of exciting new prints and the whole collection was accessorised with stacked bangles, oversized retro sunglasses and a powerful, dark red lip.
In amongst the print and draping, there were colour blocked outfits in green, red and blue and Diane, along with her creative director Yvan Mispelaere, finished the show with some dramatic evening wear; floor length sequin gowns in the same colours.
As the designers walked down the runway, Diane looked chic in a printed dress and sunglasses; were they a fashion statement, or to hide a pair of black eyes from her recent and almost fatal skiing accident? Whatever the reason, it’s clear that this lady is not going anywhere.
By Vanessa Woodgate