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Diane von Furstenburg Womenswear S/S11

DVF's new chief designer Yvan Mispelaere presents loud colours and graphic prints with a slightly tailored direction

Introducing her new chief designer Yvan Mispelaere to the awaiting fashion world, Diane von Furstenberg chose the theme of ‘goddess’ for his baptism of fire. Mispelaere took the bait and created a fully-fledged DvF collection – loud colours and graphic prints present – and skilfully added his own mark at the same time. A former employee of Prada, Gucci and Chloé, Mispelaere took the collection in a slightly more tailored direction, without loosing his master’s trademark pieces (mind you, there were no wraparound dresses on the catwalk…)

Macro prints in the shape of architectural blocks popped up in purple, gold, mustard yellow, electric blue and mint green. The show was bliss for hardcore DvF fans, but also exciting as it impressed the most with its non-print based pieces, such as flowing silk blouses, slime suits and elegant coats.

Dazed Digital: What was your starting point for the collection?
Diane von Furstenberg: It was a whole new beginning and a whole new love affair. It started with me and Yvan going to see an Isadora Duncan show in Paris. For me she was the first modern woman of the 20th century. She was a wonderful dancer and artist. She went to Greece to look at antiques, so we followed her to celebrate women as goddesses.

DD: Where did you get the print ideas?
Diane von Furstenberg: They’re inspired by Greek architecture.

DD: There was a fair bit of tailoring in there…
Diane von Furstenberg:
Yes, soft tailoring but also lots of sportswear, which is new to us. There’s a fluidity and casualness in there that’s really how girls dress.

DD: Do you have a favourite item in the collection?
Diane von Furstenberg: The yellow dress I’m wearing right now. It feels like a work dress but it’s a little bit refined.