Diane von Furstenberg
June 05, 2011 New York
DVF dubbed the show Wrapsody Rap, and her right-hand man Yvan Mispelaere, who has already injected a fair bit of energy and youth into the label since his arrival, said it had a "hip-hop feeling with a romantic edginess." The hip-hop element came across in the loose, almost sporty layers and graphic, matchy/clashy prints, as in the opening look's slouchy green wrap jumpsuit and exposed black bra, or in the show-closing oversize anorak that topped an easy tank and baggy pants. A print that spelled out the collection's title won't make it off the showroom floor, but there were others here that were plenty eye-catching and with more staying power. As for edgy romance, drape-y, fluttery tank dresses (the brand's bread and butter) delivered on that front.
Accessories were no after-thought. Nearly all of the models came out sporting mirrored shades with bold plastic frames, while color-blocked bags, a Cruise trend, were slung across the body messenger-style or toted from the shoulder. They glowed purple in the dark when the lights went down at the end of the show.