NEW YORK — All that glitters really did turn out be gold in Diane von Furstenberg's fall/winter collection, which salutes the 40th anniversary of her iconic wrap dress. At the end of her runway show, which she dubbed "Bohemian Wrapsody" in a pun-filled title, 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.
At the end of the show, von Furstenberg sent out 15 top-name models in gold versions of the dress that has earned her a lot of green.
Backstage afterwards, 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 is 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 to kick off the show. 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.
(Backstage, a handwritten sign encouraged models to "Be Strong, Feel Sexy, Be You, Smile.")
For the first time, DVF featured live music at her runway show. In a partnership with American Express, the fashion show included a live performance by St. Vincent, which also played a mini-concert for select cardmembers at a private party afterwards, hosted by So You Think You Can Dance? host Cat Deeley and model Coco Rocha.
"She's so cool and beautiful and hip," von Furstenberg said about the band's lead singer. "Yes, it's fun (to try something new)."
At the event, dubbed American Express Unstaged, von Furstenberg was surprised with a gold cake to celebrate the anniversary of the wrap dress. Asked how she felt about the anniversary, the 67-year-old von Furstenberg quipped, "I wish I was 40."