Diane Von Furstenberg Fall/Winter 2013

As one of the most respected women in the global industry, Diane von Furstenberg reciprocates an exceptional amount of respect to her dedicated consumers.

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Diane von Furstenberg is, in my experience, the only designer who consistently encourages her models to smile, and allows them the freedom to wear the clothes as they interpret them. Runway beauties are cast accordingly. and the result is a relatable and exciting range of personalities expressed through timeless signatures. Such a powerful undercurrent in a brand that continues to both brave and capture new generations of women is rare to see, but in DVF’s case, not unexpected.

Let me explain.

Cara Delevingne’s famed eyebrows and blue steel sex appeal strutted the opening card in a re-printed, re-necklined alteration of the famed wrap dress – hair painstakingly just out of bed. Off the runway, she would have worn it with leather pants, sneakers, and a snapback – or at least, that was the air about her day-old eye-flick.

Martha Hunt and Alana Zimmer, on the other hand, channelled a far more polished Farrah Fawcett (complete with barrel blowdrys and flawless gazes). Liu Wen’s double print was true to her cheeky elegance, and Jacquelyn Jablonski held her all-American man-tailored stance to the media pit and back.

So it is true: Diane von Furstenberg empowers women to empower themselves in whatever way they would prefer. When I spoke to her last season, she preferred not to delineate nor restrict female figures and characters to any particular philosophy or lifestyle. In other words, take it or leave it, but look fabulous no matter the undertaking.

As one of the most respected women in the global industry, Diane reciprocates an exceptional amount of respect to her dedicated consumers. It doesn’t matter, she said, if a woman styles herself in the way her models walked the collection. Her renowned prints were made for versatility, but her colours were to command attention. Her sharp shoulders and generous proportions were built with female authority in mind, but there would be no disservice to comfort. One can never be too comfortable (she waved at her shift dress) – you can’t think clearly otherwise.

The one element that remained throughout, however, was that no top button was ever done up. Sometimes even two or three. You need to relax, she told me. Life is about looking for light and space – we all need space.

Halfway through Fashion Month, Diane, I’m sure we all agree.

About

Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese filmmaker, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Zhang has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, Swarovski, YEEZY, Bulgari, Gucci, MATCHES, Under Armour, and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Zhang’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NOWNESS, and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40, and her work has been recognized as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index for four consecutive years. CNN has identified Zhang as a leading fashion photographer in Asia and ELLE named her the region’s most influential digital voice. She went on to be the first Asian face to cover ELLE Australia. In 2016, she co-founded BACKGROUND, a global consultancy for which she specialises in Western-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Western cultural bridging for a range of luxury, lifestyle, and brand initiatives. In 2017, she exhibited a series of 39 unseen photographic works as a solo show in Sydney, and premiered her first short film – a 15-minute exploration of her visceral relationship with classical music on both performance and abstract planes – to critical acclaim. In 2018, co-curated the first annual FOREFRONT Summit focused on inter-industry problem-solving at all scales of business. From this king summit, Zhang developed FOREFRONT+ – a round table series of candid conversations covering subject matters of universal concern. In 2019, THE FACE Magazine engaged Zhang as Creative-Director-at-Large for Asia for its relaunch. Zhang is currently working on her first feature film.

 

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