Rendezvous was the name Diane von Furstenberg gave her Fall show. "It's
about seduction," she said backstage beforehand, pointing out the
close-to-the-body dresses and the soft, oversize coats that covered them. "Glamorous at a moment's notice," her program notes elaborated.
True to her word, DVF and her right-hand man, Yvan Mispelaere, sent out a dressed-up collection that showcased what von Furstenberg called her design partner's "beautiful palette." The show may have opened with a black wool jersey dress spilling off one shoulder, but more often than not it was about bold, sophisticated color combinations: a pearly pink long-sleeve top tucked into a bordeaux pencil skirt, the whole look bisected by a wide red leather belt; or a chartreuse bouclé coat over a yellow top and raspberry pants. Prints, of course, are part of the DVF DNA, and this time around she and Mispelaere decided to give them a surreal spin (we're sensing a trend). A pair of interlocking hands clasped the shoulder of a body-hugging black dress, while other pieces were decorated with music notes, jigsaw pieces, and chains. These came off a bit heavy-handed. The surrealism streak was more successful on the handbags, which were shaped like hearts or clock faces.
To finish, the designers showed four draped, unstructured dresses. It was their bold, fearless colors that people were talking about as they left.