NY Runway Report
Diane von Furstenberg goes for gold at 40th anniversary show with St. Vincent
All that glitters really did turn out be gold in Diane von Furstenberg's fall 2014 collection, which salutes the 40th anniversary of her iconic wrap dress. At the end of the runway show, which she dubbed "Bohemian Wrapsody," von Furstenberg sent out 15 top-name models in gold versions of the dress that has earned her a lot of green.
Gold confetti rained down from the ceiling during the finale. And DVF even appeared to have gold highlights in her hair for the occasion.
"She's so cool and beautiful and hip," von Furstenberg said about St. Vincent.
Backstage after the show, the designer, who always likes to weave a story about her collection, explained that it is centered around the Balle Russes and a ballerina "who's a refugee and leaves when the revolution arises, with everything she owns on her.
"And then I realized because it is the 40th year of the wrap dress, the wrap dress was [inspired by] the little sweaters that the ballerinas wore. At the end, the gold things are supposed to be ballerina wraps."
Indeed, von Furstenberg featured a number of ballerina sweaters in shades of red and garnet paired with print skirts featuring hearts, roses, the moon or stars, along with an updated version of her original black-and-gold print wrap dress, which model Karen Elson wore. The designer also ventured into other shapes, with wildly patterned voluminous cocoon coats, loose-fitting sweater dresses, and black and gold chiffon gowns with plunging necklines.
For the first time, DVF featured live music at her runway show. Through a partnership with American Express, Dallas' own St. Vincent performed during the show and for select cardmembers at a mini-concert afterward, which was co-hosted by Cat Deeley of So You Think You Can Dance? and model Coco Rocha.
"She's so cool and beautiful and hip," von Furstenberg said about St. Vincent. "Yes, it's fun [to try something new]."
At the post-show concert, dubbed American Express Unstaged, von Furstenberg was surprised with a gold cake to celebrate the anniversary of the wrap dress. When asked how she felt about the anniversary, the 67-year-old quipped, "I wish I was 40."