If, when you dream of rummaging through Diane von Furstenberg’s secret archives at her sprawling Connecticut estate Cloudwalk, you imagine time slowing down and theatrical Belgian music in your ears, Natalie Joos won’t spoil the fantasy.
Providing the first-EVER insight into the legendary designer’s colossal personal archives, the blogger/casting agent/street style maven has shot this dreamlike video Playing in Diane’s Closet for her blog Tales of Endearment.
Also along for the ride are models Elizabeth Gilpin, Laura Love and Tali Lennox, who team new-season von Furstenberg with archived gems. Besides fur boots and wrap dresses branded with DVF’s own name, there are Giorgio di Sant’ Angelo skirts and vintage Louboutin heels, and Joos even speaks of some nameless red fringe pants. Perhaps for the next episode.
Then the girls all lounge by the pool, run through (probably enchanted) forests, sprawl on luxe furniture and make us feel decidedly human.
von Furstenberg also has some beautiful quotes to pair with the beautiful footage. Though she was living “an American dream” at just 26, making more than 25,000 wrap dresses a week, it’s the now she feels most connected to:
“I think that, strangely enough, my biggest fashion moment is just about to happen now… All of a sudden, all the pieces — the old pieces, the new pieces – they’re all kind of gelling. And for the first time, as crazy as this may seem, I’m kind of embracing the whole thing.”
And on vintage: “I don’t have to wear vintage. I AM a vintage.”
Until now the archives were kept so under wraps that even the designer’s own granddaughter was unaware of their existence. If Diane was our grandmother, we would be PISSED.
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