New York Fashion Week spring 2014: Diane von Furstenberg review

Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic

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, Diane von Furstenberg, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, answered with a feel-good show that reminded everyone not to take it all so seriously.

There was a toe-tapping soundtrack of songs of the summer (Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Daft Punk).

And a front row full of glittering Hollywood, fashion and media world fixtures, including Von Furstenberg’s husband Barry Diller, as well as Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Allison Williams, Jessica Alba and Bella Thorne.

On the runway was some high-wattage talent too, including model Naomi Campbell leading the finale in a black-and-gold dress.


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.


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