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Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2011 Runway Review

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This season’s Diane von Furstenberg collection, co-designed by Yvan Mispelaere, was titled “American Legends” and from the array of prints the design duo showed, it was clear that they were inspired by a number of them. Millicent Rogers, Diana Vreeland, and Gloria Vanderbilt (the latter of which also inspired this season’s Timo Weiland collection) were all singled out in the designer’s show notes. While the collection featured a few of the expected wrap dresses and classic separates, it had an unexpected amount of edgy, and at times even kooky, prints that were leaps and bounds from the closet staples many might have expected.

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Metallics, touches of sheer fabrics, and lots of leather added to the visual stimulation of this season’s show, while fur, a major trend on the runways thus far, was also included in the lineup, making for some Studio 54-esque glamour looks. Speaking of glamour, disco ball-like sparkling monochromatic gowns closed out the collection on a high note, with a glimmering black wrap dress being the cherry on the cake.

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Parts of the collection may have felt somewhat Marni-esque with their clashing prints, and the fringe boots, bolero hats, patchwork leather jackets, and gaucho pants seemed far from flattering and even a bit dated at times, but there were plenty of covetable individual pieces and it was refreshing to see that the brand wasn’t afraid of taking some risks this season.

Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree.

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