Diane von Furstenberg is moving beyond the wrap dress.
Sure, there are still plenty of those all-time
favorites to choose from (this season there's even a
lace one), but the designer is clearly eager to liven
things up by throwing new elements into the mix.
With her West Village townhouse packed to capacity, and with the likes of Susan Sarandon, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Tracey Ullman in the front row, von Furstenberg unleashed a parade of "rebel princesses." Plasticized miniskirts, cha-cha skirts, and chiffon boudoir chemises worn over cigarette pinstripe pants are now staples of the von Furstenberg wardrobe. A "boss woman" striped dress was worn with a black ruffle bikini; for evening, a formal tuxedo consisted of a cropped, navel-baring jacket and pajamalike pull-up trousers.
Of course, there were also more traditional selections to choose from. A "floating O's" print showed up on lightweight dancer skirts and dresses; practical safari jackets, shrunken blazers and suede trousers will work perfectly as a no-nonsense, everyday uniform.