Ok, so since this is a little different than some of the other show experiences, the write-up will be slightly different.
Watching the Show: Hewlett-Packard invited us to the DVF store down in the Meatpacking District to have a bite to eat, a cocktail and view the collection in a private showing room attached to her store via live streaming. The long white room was an instant haven from the torrential rains of the day and the hustle of the tents. Able to charge our phones and catch up on email on HP’s devices while snacking on tasty bites from Indochine, it was an incredible respite in our nonstop punishing schedule. Once the show went live, every screen in the room showed the runway from an incredible vantage point, where we could see every item in its brilliance. Other than the first two rows at the show, I would argue that every person in that room had the best seat in the house.
The Collection: I believe Karl Lagerfeld once said that no one did prints like Diane Von Furstenberg and he’s right, especially this season where the designer took her pop-art prints into what appeared to be glamorous puzzle pieces. The color scheme evolved from mint and chocolate mixed with umber, cream and pink and evolved into a confident feminine statement of citron yellow, cobalt blue and red. The prints are incredibly graphic but with silhouettes that easy on the eyes and body. The DVF woman this season appears to be feeling quite plucky and confident with eye-catching prints and vibrant hues mixed with beautiful neutrals, but she wants to feel comfortable in dresses that skim the body and oversized jackets and shorts that will be quite easy when the mercury starts to rise. The collection featured leather waist bags, gorgeous slouchy totes and gorgeous sunglasses throughout and sequins glimmered along the runway for day and evening. Plunging and halter necklines were displayed throughout as well – if you’re looking to make maximum impact day or night, this DVF collection is for you. I, for one, want all of it.
After the Show: As we were about to make our way out of the building, the designer entered to greet all of us and take photos with us. Dumbfounded at the possibility of meeting one of my designing heroes, I had to take a moment to walk outside and collect myself before I reentered to shake her hand and tell her how much I enjoyed the collection. She gave me a hug and posed for a photo with me. Despite the fact that I’m not exactly cute in this photo, I’ll treasure it – and memories of this collection and experience – forever.
But don’t be swayed by my personal experience – judge for yourself. Check out the photos below in the photo gallery and see for yourself. I’m sure you’ll be quite inspired to wear some DVF come spring 2011.