Diane Von Furstenberg highlights supermodels at joyous show

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — Talk about a girl squad.

Karlie Kloss opened it, Gigi Hadid closed it, and sprinkled in between Diane von Furstenberg's New York Fashion Week show Sunday was a who's who of the latest crop of supermodels, including Kendall Jenner, Gigi's sister Bella Hadid, Irina Shyak, Lily Aldridge and Jourdan Dunn.

"I love women at the beginning of their life," von Furstenberg said when asked why she chose these particular models. "This collection is about celebration of woman, beauty, freedom and nature."

The show certainly felt like a celebration as celeb attendees including Kate Upton, Victoria Justice and Tori Kelly, danced along to music by Drake and The Weeknd, whose hit, "Can't Feel My Face," closed out the show (the pop singer, who is dating Bella Hadid, was also in attendance).

The collection had a 1970s nostalgic feel thanks to metallic golds, mixed prints, jumpsuits and high-waisted suits. You could almost picture von Furstenberg dancing at Studio 54 like the days of old in all of these looks — they've just been updated for the modern woman with shades of pink, black embellished with gold detailing and white with pops of color.

"It's a lot about the details. It's about the patching. It's the freedom. It's the easiness. It's (for) a woman to feel like a goddess," said the famously candid designer. She then added with a laugh: "My daughter says I have no filter. I don't want to have a filter."

Von Furstenberg said the collection was inspired by the first painting she ever bought. She debuted her iconic wrap dress in 1974 and says the key to her longevity is reinvention and enjoying the journey.

And the designer certainly seemed to be enjoying it as she danced around the runway, once her show wrapped, greeting friends and smiling the entire time.