The Bond girl is a touchstone of twentieth-century fashion, outlasting momentary trends and providing a beacon of sexy stylishness that shines across the decades. For fall, Diane von Furstenberg and her creative director, Nathan Jenden, took this pop-culture icon as their departure point, creating a wardrobe equally suited to seducing spies, battling criminal masterminds or sipping cocktails at sunset.
The presentation began with von Furstenberg's own icon—the wrap jersey dress—rethought in a shorter, asymmetrical cut. Then came simple pantsuits, filmy printed chiffons and slithery evening dresses with plunging necklines. Intriguingly mismatched color combinations—peach with rust, pink with brown and blue—gave the show a distinctly '70s flavor, while the breadth of the collection means Bondettes of all stripes will find something to suit them. Daredevils will go for the giddy peacock-blue velvet minidress; double agents will slip by in the ladylike white flannel coat; and undercover types will cozy up to the rainbow-hued fringed sweater worn over skintight jeans.