"Every woman wants to be glamorous and rock 'n' roll," Diane von Furstenberg said backstage today. "It's not about going to a party. It's life as a party." Who knows more about that than von Furstenberg? On the hunt for inspiration, she has merely to flip open her diary or a private photo album and begin turning pages. Fall started, she went on to explain, "with David Bowie when he was young, and me when I was young." DVF and Bowie knew each other. When pressed for anecdotes, she said mysteriously, "I remember Mick Jagger bringing him to my apartment one very late night." That beat any setup we've heard so far this week.
Not many designers can stake a claim to glam rock like this one can—not that that's stopped them from mining the era for ideas. Von Furstenberg herself has surely gone back to the well more than a few times. Is there anything new to be found there? Do the glam seventies have anything to teach us about getting dressed today? Oh, probably not, but her brown suede wrap dress looks as good now as it did 41 years ago when she first started making them; it really is a timeless little creation. Something else that has legs: leopard print. DVF called hers leopard bark in the show notes for the way it combined fauna and flora. And we bet they couldn't do metallic leather jeans back then; that's one benefit of aging, at least.
Von Furstenberg came out for a solo bow—Yvan Mispelaere is no longer with the company—to the tune of "I'm Every Woman." It's to her credit that her clothes didn't feel as played out as that song does.