May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Diane von Furstenberg loves mining her own considerable life experience for design inspiration, drawing from both her far-flung travels and decades as a premier social butterfly. F/W 13 took her back to the club with a collection entitled “Glam Rock,” imaging a girl who, according to the show notes, “…in a swirl of twisted chain-link, she steps into the night, lights flashing. With an effortless glamour, she winks at herself and smiles at her shadow.” In these clothes von Furstenberg’s customers won’t help but smile, enjoying attention-getting gold leather trousers, vibrant, graphic matched sets and sweeping overcoats, each ensemble an unapologetic exercise in excess. With bold cobalt, fuchsia, cherry and a whole universe of metallic tones and animal prints, the presentation’s varied textures—everything from velvet to suede, silk and satin—could have used an edit, but when extravagance is the message, any hint of restraint just won’t cut it.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Slim / Elongated / Empire / Floor sweeping
Color: Caramel / Black / White / Rust / Burnished gold / Copper / Pumpkin / Cherry / Fuchsia / Cobalt / Plum / Oxblood / Lavender
Key Items: Suede wrap dresses / Printed overcoats / Relaxed silk blouses / Evening coats with oversize lapels or fur collars / Low-slung stovepipe trousers / Matched sets / Tunic tops / Dropped waist dresses / Jumpsuits / Peasant dresses
Materials: Printed silk / Suede / Velvet / Metallic leathers / Lurex / Furs / Satin / Brocade / Sheer chiffon
Print + Pattern: Abstract graphic animal motifs / Dappling / Graphic palm frond motifs / Geometric dot repeats / Colorblocking
Details + Trim: Peasant sleeves / Crocodile embossing / Self belts / Oversized lapels / Fringe / Contrast piping / Appliqué / Cut outs / Embroidery
Accessories + Footwear: Soft satchels / Printed cage heels / Structured barrel bags / Printed clutches / Chin link bracelets / Fringed hobo bags / Long silk scarves / Corset belts / Strappy disco sandals / Twisted rope belts
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