"Some fairy tales end with the girl marrying the prince... some start there." So read the quote at the top of the program notes for Diane von Furstenberg
's Spring show, which she and her creative director, Yvan Mispelaere, dubbed "Palazzo." You can see where this is going. The girl in question is none other than von Furstenberg herself. She's led quite a life. Anytime the design partners don't channel it on the runway is a missed opportunity, and today it yielded a collection that was colorful, confident, and keyed in to some of this fashion moment's big trends.
These days, von Furstenberg sits at the top of a huge business enterprise, but what this outing did was tap into the designer's peripatetic, bohemian spirit. With their pearl studding and bright color-blocking, boardroom suits these were not. And caftans outnumbered the wrap dresses on which she originally built her name. Whether they were day or evening, the dresses were paired with narrowly cut trousers, like the locals in Marrakech and downtown Manhattan wear them.
As if to remind us that she's the adventurous soul she's always been, von Furstenberg has partnered with Google to make a behind-the-scenes film using its new Glass technology. She filmed her experience in the week leading up to the show using the glasses and, like some of her models, wore them down the runway to take her bow. If only Google had been around in von Furstenberg's early days. Now that
's a video we'd like to see.