Five Looks from the Diane von Furstenberg Show

Jonathan Saunders seems to have already found his stride, just a year after becoming creative director of the iconic New York brand. The Scottish designer presented 39 mature, yet modern, looks that riffed off classic DVF sensibilities but evolved them into 2017. Despite being a highly accessorized show, the abundance of bags, belts, and earrings didn’t distract from the complex pieces. From pattern play and varying textures to an explosion of color and a mashup of silhouettes, the collection served up endless inspiration. Looking at the pieces as a whole – particularly with his use of unconventional pairings of fabrics and prints, along with unexpected pops of color and embellishments – it seems that Saunders felt comfortable to start taking some bolder, more rewarding risks.

Here are the five favorite looks we’ve selected from the show:


Looks from DIANE VON FURSTENBERG’s Spring/Summer 2018 ready-to-wear show in New York. Photos by Regis Colin Berthelier for NOWFASHION.

 

LOOK #20 – A chic powder blue dress that has roots in evening wear yet was downplayed with boho-inspired fringing detail. The high-lo approach makes it versatile, but not everyone will be able to pull off the revealing bra style. Then again, no one ever said pulling off a chic dress was easy.

LOOK #12 – This sequined number was given extra dimension with the diagonal striped panels in an unusual choice of colors – muted lime, barely there pink, black, and a dash of red. Not a combination that reads like a winner, but Saunders married the shades in a way that worked. The strap update with circular hooks added interest around the shoulders too.

LOOK #22 – The halter top returns (!!), this time around with an oversized chevron design. The pants were a statement of their own, sitting high on the waist with belted cuff ankle detailing and slung with a belt that fused silk scarf with metal hardware. 


Looks from DIANE VON FURSTENBERG’s Spring/Summer 2018 ready-to-wear show in New York. Photos by Regis Colin Berthelier for NOWFASHION.

 

LOOK #30 – Saunders kept it classy with this one, using a modest silhouette as a vehicle for a monochrome beehive print. The mock high collar gave it a turn of the century vibe, along with the corset-style outline that hugged the waist. My favorite part was the change in fit as the sleeves started out quite voluminous and tightened after hitting the elbow to accentuate the wrists.

LOOK #5 – The color combination on this outfit makes it such a beautiful statement. Using smooth suede to recreate a modern biker jacket, sans all the bells and whistles, the contrasting yoke detail in a buttery leather gave it that extra wow factor. And then you have those pant cuffs, as deep as can be and boasting a racing stripe in tangerine down the side. 

 

See the full Spring/Summer 2018 ready-to-wear collection by Diane van Furstenberg.