NEW YORK -- There's been a lot of grousing about New York Fashion Week this season -- the packed crowds, the packed schedule, the faraway venues. And on Sunday afternoon,
There was a toe-tapping soundtrack of songs of the summer (Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Daft Punk).
The inspiration: The title was "Oasis," and the girl power message of the season from Von Furstenberg in the show notes was, "Be your own oasis ... an unexpected source of renewal, serenity and beauty."
The look: Sexy safari with '70s swagger.
Key pieces: Black-diamond-print halter jumpsuit; white tunic and flared pants suit; cork-printed leather safari mini-dress; snake-print chiffon halter gown cut out over the waist; colorful column gowns with rope details; "lion landscape" shift, as worn by the designer herself on her victory lap.
The verdict: Back to basics, DVF-style, which means jet-set glamor to the max. When she's at her best, which she was this season, Von Furstenberg is difficult to resist, her confidence even more so. That's why when she shimmied down the runway at the end of the show, the whole crowd almost joined the dance party. An oasis, indeed.