"This collection is for a woman who is sophisticated
and mysterious, who wants it all but has very little
time to fuss about getting dressed," said Diane von
Furstenberg before her presentation. Presumably, von
Furstenberg's archetypal female is a combination of
Tori Spelling, Mary J. Blige and the Hilton sisters,
who all lined her front row.
Longtime DVF devotees will go for the abundance of slinky jersey wraps, body-skimming turtlenecks and playful tie-shoulder tops in graphic prints. But Von Furstenberg is clearly intent on taking her line a step beyond her well-known classics, so this season she's added light tweeds with chiffon insets, laser-cut felt coats, tartan plaids, tailored suits and plenty of slim trousers to the mix. Cocktail hour was inspired by Madame Grés and consisted of asymmetric drawstring jersey gowns, short draped dresses and simple tunics that looked sexy and effortless, if a bit repetitive at times.