The idea of this outfit came from a picture of 20-year old Diane when she was
Outfit inspiration: Diane von Furstenberg
"The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself."
Diane von Furstenberg
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova wearing Lanvin in i-D Spring 2010 (photography: Paolo Roversi)
The Wrap: journey of a dress
We say “the bag” – we think 2.55 or Birkin, we say “the scarf” – we think Hermes and when it comes to “the dress”, we think “the wrap”.
Created by Diane von Furstenberg, this dress is probably the most iconic piece in fashion clothing history because it never goes out of fashion helping women all over the world discover their feminine, confident, sexy, coquettish and beautiful side by simply slipping on a soft silky garment secured by a tightly wrapped sash belt.
Diane von Furstenberg wrap-dress in Spring/Summer 2001, Fall/Winter 2002 & Spring/Summer 2003 collections
The idea of the wrap dress came to Diane after she saw Julie Nixon Eisenhower wearing a DVF wrap top and skirt on a television show. The outfit just wanted to be made into one piece easy-to-wear dress.
The first dress in a wood grain print saw the world in 1973 – a few yards of fabric that would fit a female body as if the wrap was made just for her - highlighting the bust, slimming down the waist, lifting up the bottom and allowing complete freedom of movement. The dress could be worn day to night. Slipping on in the morning within seconds allowed women to look gorgeous at work, but adding beautiful jewellery and heels would instantly turn the same piece into a seductive outfit suitable for a special occasion.
Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress in Fall/Winter 2003 & Fall/Winter 2004 collections
Every season a new set of patterns would emerge. Not only the colours were striking and unique, the patterns themselves were designed to compliment different women and their mood and unique personality. The inspiration came from Diane’s past in a form of a beautiful signature, scarf pattern, post card stamps, graphic images or nature. The animal prints made their debut in the fall of 1974. They became so popular that Diane’s driver would count them walking down the streets, from prep schools to office buildings to glamorous restaurants.
Diane von Furstenberg in Spring/Summer 2005, Fall/Winter 2006 & Spring/Summer 2006 collections
Every dress carried a bit of designer’s soul in it and this is one of the reasons why it was such a fascinating piece to own. When something is made with so much love, thought and care, it’s impossible not to feel special in it.
Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress in Fall/Winter 2006, Spring/Summer 2007 & Fall/Winter 2007 collections
The wrap stole hearts of millions of women all over America and then – the world. It was associated with the most wonderful memories and special moments. Todays wrap is essentially the same dress that comes in luxurious jersey silks rather than original basic cotton fabrics. Its shorter length is perfect to show off just the right amount of leg and a modern collar is smaller to make it look fresh rather than vintage.
Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress in Spring/Summer 2008, Fall/Winter 2008 & Spring/Summer 2009 collections
It’s a timeless piece for a woman who wants to feel like a woman because once you put on the wrap, there will be no way back to unisex. The dress doesn’t only transform the way you look – it definitely changes the way you feel and act, too.
Diane von Furstenberg dress in Fall/Winter 2009, Spring/Summer 2010, Fall/Winter 2010 & Spring/Summer 2011 collections
Find the perfect wrap dress and fall in love with yourself.
Photo source: Diane von Furstenberg wearing the very first wrap dress photographed by Roger Prigent for the 1972 ad campaign, all other images via stylebistro.com
Natalia Vodianova in Diane von Furstenberg campaign
Back in 2007 Diane von Furstenberg decided that it was the time to use a model rather then herself for an upcoming campaign and turned to her friend of three decades, François-Marie Barnier, the artist and photographer behind these unique creations, for help. She also choose Natalia Vodianova to be the model and pose for an intimate story photographed in both New York and Paris. There was no make-up artist or a stylist – Natalia chose all the clothes herself and posed bare-faced.
The result is a true art form where 50 photographs transform into paintings filled with a colourful rainbow of emotions. Here are some of my favourite images from the campaign and you can see more in Barnier’s book Vive la Vie.
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Diane von Furstenberg Campaign Spring/Summer 2008 (photography: Francois Marie Banier)
"What is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it."
Yves Saint Laurent
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Harper's Bazaar UK December 2010 (photography: Michelangelo di Batista, styling: Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou)
A few fashionable tennis editorials to celebrate Wimbledon season 2011. Do you play? Were you lucky enough to get your golden ticket to watch a game or two live there and then? Or are you a TV-glued spectator like me?
Karen Mulder in Vogue Italia 1991
For everyone who loves red, feminine dresses, bows, pugs, Karen Mulder or old editorials.
Photo source: Karen Mulder in Flamboyant | Vogue Italia October 1991 (photography: Ellen von Unwerth, styling: Alice Gentilucci)
Strictly for the girls
So, just in case you are a guy and do not work as a fashion stylist, please stop reading right now and feel free to browse the rest of my blog because this post is for the girls’ eyes only.
Today I am going to talk about something very up close and personal. Literally. It’s not going to be pretty, but the information will definitely be very useful.
Some of you know that I adore beautiful lingerie, but the fact is that sometimes even the most gorgeous pieces aren’t going to work for a very low cut dress or some summer silk perfection AKA lovely lingerie style silk camisole or sweet floaty can-hardly-feel-it-on dress. This can certainly be a problem if you fall in love with the above styles, can’t bear a look of a bra underneath, but still need essential lift, support and coverage.
Up until now I knew about three things only – the daisy look stickers for the coverage of the pointy bits, the weird half moon adhesives designed to lift and hold, and the tape for everything that needed to be fixed in place including the daisies and the adhesives. I must admit, the tape was quite helpful for me, but the rest was simply unacceptable.
I would have continued to suffer in silence, surrounded by my dream dresses with a V-cut down to there and silk chiffons that could make even the most delicate bra look almost like a bullet proof jacket, but my fashion fairy magically guided me to the Fashion First Aid page. Finally, I was in a very happy place.
There were Concealits that looked and worked much better than the silly daisies, Liftits for lifting and holding, Boostits for adding extra cleavage up to 1 cup size up and, of course, the tape.
I know these not exactly the most glamorous accessories, but honestly, sometimes we do need them in order to look our best and feel confident. So let it be our little secret, just between you and me. Oh, yes, don’t think it’s a good idea to show any of the aids to your man whatever his age is – he wouldn’t get it or you will make him cry with laughter and men don’t really like to cry…
Photo source: Heloise Guerin, Lais Oliviera & Mina Cvetkovic in Vogue Italia Beauty May 2010 (photography: Ellen von Unwerth, styling: Giovanna Barraglia)
Nina Ricci Resort 2012
Young and elegant, this Nina Ricci Resort 2012 collection is my dream come true. Not that I can afford it, though. The feminine hourglass dresses, pencil skirts and short fitted jackets with lingerie-like stitching, delicate lace, frills, ruffles, bows in pastel perfect shades, classic pumps just made me feel dizzy with excitement. This truly is a story of fashion love at first sight and heartbreak. I’ll get through it, I know, but I will never stop thinking about these beautiful so-very-Parisian clothes.
Photo source: Nina Ricci Resort 2012 via style.com
"What you wear when you are in your own house is like a costume for the role of yourself."
Photo source: Gemma Ward in Vogue US December 2007 (photography: Norman Jean Roy, styling: Elissa Santisi)