Diane von Furstenberg‘s show notes promised lots of drama and a healthy dose of sexual tension in her fall 2012 runway presentation. And while her clothes were good (because honestly, they’re never not good), what was actually delivered was a mix of conflicting personalities. The models were dressed like red carpet divas, corporate warriors and quirky girls all at once.
And while we normally expect that brand of broad range from Von Furstenberg — remember that collection where she addressed the Banker, the Biker and the Ballerina? — something about the fall line was a little off. She and Yvan Mispelaere created clothes meant for a clandestine and glamorous rendez vous, or at least that’s what the show notes said. And there was a lot of that in there. Lindsey Wixson strolled by the front row, which included Andy Cohen, Simon Doonan, Fran Leibovitz, Barbara Walters and Oscar de la Renta, among others, wearing a pair of sunglasses and a hooded jumpsuit — almost as if she didn’t want to be seen. There was lots of sex appeal in some of the clothes, too. A backless black satin gown shown with leather opera gloves was a perfect example of that, and so were a number of floor length dresses with either asymmetrical necklines or deep, deep v’s.
But then there were things like the black dress with white hand prints grabbing at the model’s breasts, or the black coat adorned with lime green commas. Don’t get us wrong here — we’d wear the comma coat in a heartbeat, but not to meet up and canoodle with someone in the dark corner of some unknown place.
The clothes were good. Honest, well-made, and directional. Maybe, just maybe, it was the thematic overtones of the show that were slightly out of place.
Check out a few pieces of the collection below and tell us what you think.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.