Held on the 10-year anniversary of September 11th, Diane von Furstenberg’s collection was fittingly titled Beginning. Furstenberg explained to New York Magazine that her “show is about the dawn, it's about hope, it's about life. It started with Africa, but there's very little Africa left — it's just the inspiration. But the hope, the hope! I'm promoting hope." In front of an audience that included Valentino and Oscar de la Renta, Furstenberg presented her Spring 2012 collection that, true to the designer’s statement with its whites, brights, and prints, felt nothing if not optimistic.
Starting out with a series of white looks including a dotted top, a pleated skirt, a cowl neck dress (worn with a fanny pack!), the collection progressed into monochrome separates worn together in various color combinations (think a mint green blazer, brown top, and pale purple pants, all worn with a turquoise clutch), making for perfectly styled color blocked looks in need of minimal accessorizing. The collection then progressed into a slew of printed looks ranging from the bright to the more subtle. While some of the head-to-toe prints, which ranged from graphic 60s options to florals and were fashioned into both day and night wear, may be hard to pull off as they were shown on the runway, it's easy to imagine nearly every piece in the collection easily fitting into countless women’s wardrobes.
Fanny packs aside, the bags were spot on with a variety of covetable finds including bright yellow box clutches, oversized rectangle clutches done in a range of fabrics, patterns and colors, medium sized clutches with a strap through which you could put your hand, and shoulder bags much like the designer's popular Harper Day bag.
The show ended with Furstenberg hugging Valentino and giving out small American flags in honor of 9/11.