Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2011 Review

Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2011 RTW

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2011 collection.

SHOW: Diane von Furstenberg (See the full runway collection)

THEME: American legends

ACCESSORIES: Big gold jewelry, stacked bracelets, printed bags, wide leather belts, wide-brim hats with chin straps, sunglasses with embellished neck straps

HAIR: Orlando Pita for Orlo Salon mostly did the low ponytail

MAKEUP: James Kaliardos and the M.A.C. Pro Team

HIGHLIGHT: A flowing blue gown with glittering gold appliqués fit for Cleopatra

FRONT ROW: Olivier Zahm, Molly Sims, Grace Coddington, Fergie, Fern Mallis, Fran Lebowitz, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: A mishmash of references takes on the American West

This afternoon’s DVF collection was clearly inspired by Americana. The literal references—everything from the Wild West–style whistling soundtrack to the fringed leather jacket, suede vest, and bags—stood straight out. But the rest ran such a wide gamut that it seemed to be about whatever pleased DVF herself and her only-two-seasons-old creative director, Yvan Mispelaere, who was credited in the run of show.

The color palette traveled from black and white to gold, red, teal, etc. There were dresses, gowns, cardigans, turtlenecks, jumpsuits, vests, jackets, gaucho pants, you name it.

There were monochromatic looks, flowing kimono-style gowns with wide strips of varying colors and degrees of shine, much tighter gowns that looked like liquid sequins, giant polka dots, glittering appliqués, gold hardware on garments, a shamrock print, a gold-star print, giant flower prints, the list goes on. 

Clearly, the DVF woman is ready to go anywhere at any time.

In fact, about the only thing that clearly came to mind was that there was exactly one wrap dress in the entire show—the last look, and even that was in chiffon and black sequins.

Von Furstenberg has said that she sees working with Mispelaere as a “new era.” We just wonder where it’s going and hope the DVF woman isn't left behind.