September 09, 2006
She called her show "All About Eve" (as in the first woman), but Diane von Furstenberg could as easily have titled it "All About Evolution." Though wrap dresses opened and closed the show, there were 48 other outfits in between, presenting a huge array of options. A hyper-constructed strapless dress was quickly followed by a slouchy sweatshirt, slipping louchely off a shoulder. Explosive prints shared space with a simple pink shift or a solid yellow coat-dress, buttoned in black. Von Furstenberg said she wanted something "décontracté," and the key shapes were relaxed: smocks, shifts, tunics. Still, the attitude was dressy. If the style of a tunic was simple, its sophisticated, seductive contentpython-printed lamé beaded at hem and cuffswas anything but. The serpent imagery suggested von Furstenberg was more taken by Eve the original sinner than Eve the original innocent. And while this versatile collection was too eager to please to be truly wicked, it was a sexy outing nonetheless.