Diane von Furstenberg is to New York Fashion Week what Dame Vivienne Westwood is to London, in that she’s now a fashion week veteran and a beloved institution in her own right. Her legacy extends far beyond the wrap dress, which is evident in the fact that the world’s most famous supers never fail to make an appearance on the catwalk, and spring/summer 2016 was no exception.
There was Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Bella Hadid, Irina Shayk, Lily Aldridge and Binx Walton, all sporting the usually fresh kind of glamour, infused with just a hint of 70s chic, that we’ve come to expect from a DVF show. This offering was all bouncy curls, scarf prints, laid-back tailoring and Grecian-style maxi dresses. There were flowers in the hair (a reference to the designer herself, perhaps?) and party frocks galore, from asymmetric minis to plunging gowns embroidered with butterflies.
Some of the best looks lay in the co-ords; an ensemble in navy and white with a dandelion print was a particular highlight, while the silky scarf prints were realised in vivid fuchsia and bright orange. There was just a whisper of DVF’s beloved gold lamé- she does love a bit of lamé- seen on a zip-front playsuit, and a short suit with belted jacket, while fresh, summer whites were trimmed with grey leopard print.
Eyes were dusted with blue shadow, lips were glossy and the supers certainly proved they reigned supreme. Ultimately, this felt like a celebration, and even the A-list FROW-goers couldn’t keep a smile off their faces. Kate Upton, Malin Akerman and Karolina Kurkova were all watching from the sidelines, as was The Weeknd, who turned out to support his girlfriend Bella Hadid. They all received high-fives from Diane as she took her bow after the finale, bringing the show to a triumphant close.
Of course, backstage was equally buzzy as Kendall, Gigi et al posed for selfies, as Pat McGrath created the make-up looks while Orlando Pita was in charge of that hair.
Autumn may have barely begun, but Diane von Furstenberg has put us in the mood for spring. And it’s all thanks to her army of supermodels.