DVF's Bohemian Wrapsody
Diane von Furstenberg has celebrated the 40th anniversary of her wrap dress with a Fall/Winter 14 collection dedicated to it.
The designer was one of the major names to show at New York Fashion Week yesterday and proved there is still life in her iconic piece. Named Bohemian Wrapsody, the collection featured many new takes on the frock.
Karen Elson opened proceedings in a gold jacquard version of the wrap dress. It fell to the knee and boasted a deep neckline, with the sleeves three quarter length. The frock was paired with an oversized handbag and ankle boots that had mesh cutouts on the top of the foot and toes.
Also walking the runway was Karlie Kloss, who helped show the versatility of the design. She wore a similar piece to Karen but her dress was teamed with wide-legged monochrome pants and a cropped jacket with a nude and black swirled pattern on it.
Skirts were one of the big looks of the collection, sometimes in a light chiffon and falling to the floor, and also knee-length versions which flared out. While the line started in monochrome, as time proceeded colour popped up. There were red tops and a standout wrap dress with long sleeves in bold lilac, with slim monochrome patterned panels around the waist.
Special note should also go to Diane's outerwear, with her coats a big hit with fashion critics. Among them was a blue and brown cocoon number which came to the knee and was the perfect accompaniment to the blue, loose dress it was worn over.
Thakoon also used blue in his line, going for navy skirts and bold pops of cobalt under camel jackets. The aesthetic was pretty fuss free on his catwalk, with layering used to add interest to the looks. Again it was heavy on the skirt, with length kept largely below the knee. There were ribbed capes which were kept short and high-neck jumpers, with psychedelic prints offering a punch of excitement.
The line left some cold though, with claims it was not as inspired as some of the designer's previous offerings.
Derek Lam's Fall/Winter 14 line had a sportswear vibe, with greys and monochrome lightened thanks to the occasional pastel inclusion. There were crepe dresses with accented necklines - so a nude and black piece had a strip of coral added.
A leather patchwork skirt was one of the highlights, with the collection as a whole feeling relaxed and happy.
The New York shows continue today with presentations by Zac Posen, Donna Karan and Tommy Hilfiger expected to be the highlights.