Things every woman should have: black flats, good jeans and a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress. With these three items, you will be virtually unstoppable (or at least comfortably stylish.) The Berg herself recently opened a flagship location in the ever-more-fashionable Meatpacking District here in New York and I couldnâ€™t resist its pull any longer. So today, on a pilgrimage of sorts, I made my way through the Village to the DVF store, carefully navigating the cobblestones in my wedges (because broken ankles arenâ€™t fashionable). What better way to celebrate the first day of summer than with a virtual parade of silk dresses perfect for the hottest weather?
First off, DVFâ€™s dressing rooms are absolutely enormous; at least three ladies could fit comfortably inside. The floor length curtain, random ottoman and amazingly flattering lighting all contribute to a sense of modern luxury not found in most stores. Speaking of luxury, the shop-girl actually offered me a pair of cork Louboutins to try stuff on with (theyâ€™re sold in DVF stores and were seen on her spring runways). Like a fool I refused them, partially because they were way too big for me, and partially because I can be an idiot sometimes. Louboutins! Iâ€™ll have to make use of their red-soled goodness when I finally break down, go back and buy this $325 bee printed Jillia dress.
The Berg does more than just wrap dresses. At $285, this silk Peggie dress is a steal thatâ€™d be just the thing to wear to a wedding. None of my friends are getting married this summer, and now I kind of hate them for their terrible timing.
With the Vintage collection, DVF brought some of her signature prints back from the dead, like the gingko print on this $325 Julien dress. Known for its resiliency, gingko is one of the oldest trees in history and holds a special place for DVF, whose career died for a while and then began to grow again.
I donâ€™t think these shoulders have felt spaghetti straps since 1999, when I wore a surprisingly nice dress from Bebe to my junior prom. That said, this $325 silk Candy dress has forced me to re-consider the past eight years of my life. I was wrong about spaghetti straps, I admit it; thank you DVF!
It may be the first day of summer, but this $325 Vintage print dress made me wish for fall.
Diane von Furstenberg Spring/Summer 2007
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