Last year we had predictions that 2018 will be the year of fur-free fashion. We are always pleased to hear that more and more fashion labels say no to fur. Last week. Donatella Versace announced that she will no longer kill animals in the name of fashion. San Francisco will also join the no-fur movement starting from January 1. The city’s board of supervisors voted to ban the sale of fur, making San Francisco the largest city in the USA to do so. Every member of the board agreed that the city needs to stop selling fur items. The board hopes that this decision will inspire other cities in the country to follow their steps.
“This has been one of the things on their agenda, especially in San Francisco. We know that when we do things in San Francisco that a lot of times it will get attention nationally and globally. We also feel a big responsibility when we’re in a position like this because it could really make a huge impact,” a spokesperson of the board of supervisors said in a statement.
After January 1, every retailer that sells apparel or accessories with new fur will be punished with $500 fine per violation. For example, if there are 5 items made of new fur, that will result in 5 violations. For those who have purchased fur to this date, there is a one-year amnesty on the fine. The fur ban in San Francisco is a follow-up to the anti-fur initiatives from other cities in the USA as well as other countries. West Hollywood was the first city in the USA to prohibit the sale of fur back in 2011. Berkeley did the same in 2017. Next, the U.K’s fur ban act “prohibits the keeping of animals solely or primarily for slaughter for the value of their fur”. Other countries that have banned fur farming include Australia and the Netherlands. The Netherlands also has plans to shot down mink farms by 2024. Norway has similar plans, expected to be fully realized by 2025. This country has also banned fur farms.
This year many fashion brands joined the anti-fur family. Besides Versace, Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo said no to fur just recently. Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney and Tommy Hilfiger have been fur-free for years. Many nowadays customers, especially those who belong to the younger generations don’t support animal cruelty in fashion. Their ethical preferences together with the efforts of animal activists have made many brands to exclude fur from their offerings. It is revolutionary that even entire cities decided to join the anti-fur policy.
Diane Von Furstenberg and her eponymous clothing brand are going through significant changes. Just recently DVF’s creative director Jonathan Saunders stepped down from his position in the company. Shortly after that Diane announced that Nathan Jenden will take over Jonathan’s place. Nathan was the leading designer and creative director of DVF starting from 2001 to 2010. He might be coming back to his old workplace, but he’s bringing brand new faces and fresh energy in the company.
As the face of the brand’s latest campaign for Fall 2018, Jenden decided to tap Von Furstenberg’s niece. Talita Von Furstenberg is an 18-year-old gorgeous girl with an aspiring modeling career ahead of her. Diane expressed her excitement with a photo that dates back to 10 years ago when the young Talita helped her in the preparations for a show. We officially have a new trending face, that soon everyone will be talking about.
“10 years ago we showed during PITTI in Florence,’ Diane wrote. ‘We showed in the largest private garden and spent a week in that beautiful villa. My granddaughter Talita was nine and asked to come along. I agreed but told her she would have to work! She did. She helped with every detail and we had a great time. A decade later, Nathan and I invited her to be our muse. She shot all day and is a pro.”- Diane captioned the picture.
For DVF’s Fall 2018 collection, Nathan wanted to recreate some of the brand’s most epic prints and cuts. He still kept things interesting by involving soft aesthetics and feminine silhouettes. The whole line is very playful, vibrant and exciting. Among the array of chic looks, you’ll find styles that are work-appropriate and ones ideal for glam occasions. Jenden loves to experiment with color, so he didn’t pass on the opportunity to include autumn’s most gorgeous shades such as emerald green, toned-down pink, red and hints of mustard.
In the lookbook, Talita rocks several statement dresses and cool tight jumpsuits. Among the highlights are the leopard-printed mustard and black flowy dress, several upgrades of DVF’s iconic wrap dresses and mesmerizing embroidered floral gowns.
This is not Talita’s first engagement in the fashion industry. The young fashionista already appeared on the runway on Dolce & Gabbana’s latest fashion show. She most certainly inherited the fashion genes from her iconic grandmother. There is no doubt that the 18-year-old will soon take over the modeling world.
Photo Credit: @dvf/Instagram
Mid-length skirts, or “midi skirts,” are one of the few styles of clothing that always come back into style. It’s long enough for work but still shows a little skin, and its length is classy enough to be utilized in both casual and formal wear.
Midi skirts are a top trend for Fall 2017 so we rounded up our favorites!
Alice & Olivia
Fila Floral-Embroidered Midi Skirt
Trends come and go, but classic style never fades. Clean-cut, glamorous, feminine looks are always a fashion do.
In fashion, everything old is new again. If you get a chance to study fashion or look at old photos of Old Hollywood, you might just find your favorite dress looks a lot like something from the 60s, 50s, or 40s. Here are some of the greatest fashion do’s that made fashion timeless.
Diane von Furstenberg Wrap Dress
In 1974, the Belgium-born designer turned New York resident launched her legendary wrap dress. Within five years, she sold more than 5 million of them!
Diane von Furstenberg is a designer from Belgium who entered the world of fashion when she moved from Europe to the USA. Diane had a suitcase full of her dress designs and a personality full of confidence when she arrived in the USA. Her biggest contribution to the fashion industry is the iconic wrap dress that launched in 1974. The wrap dress symbolized independence and was primarily created to bring comfort and confidence to women at work. In only 2 years Diane sold more than a million wrap dresses and this design is still a number one choice for a career orientated women.
Diane established herself as a successful fashion designer globalizing her luxury brand “Diane Von Furstenberg” and selling her designs in over 55 countries. Now she wants to help others who share the same passion for fashion and are looking to build their own brands. After 4 decades in the business, Diane decided to launch her own Masterclass. The educational company with the idea that everyone should have “access to genius” is well-known for their collaboration with big names from different industries. In their collection, they have video lessons from Christina Aguilera on singing, Kevin Spacey on acting and many others.
Earlier this year the DVF announced that Jonathan Sanders is the new chief creative officer and he will handle the brand’s rebranding. While the Scottish designer works on rebranding and refreshing her brand, Diane is more orientated to teaching others the business secrets she collected in the past 4 decades. She explained that the filming process took 3 days and she truly hopes that she gave a nice lesson to the future designers. Diane added:
“I made the director cry, so I think it was good.”
Diane’s valuable lessons will be available for pre-order on Thursday and a full launch is expected later this year.
Diane already gave as an idea what are her teachings about:
“I tried to make it a lesson about how to start your life and how to deal with success and failure and how the customer is important. It’s about the fashion of business, it’s about trying, it’s about being true to yourself — all lessons of life and everybody will take something different.”
Diane adds that writing a book about her life was a true learning experience for her and every day she is learning something new.
“I learned today that data is the new currency. How about that? I came up with that today. Everybody is data, data, data. So I guess that data is the new currency.” She explains.
The Diane von Furstenberg fall/winter 2017-2017 ready-to-wear collection was the sophomore showing of designer Jonathan Saunders. His first presentation for the DVF brand was the Diane von Furstenberg spring 2017 collection that has sold out.
Happily, Saunders noted that not only has the DVF spring collection sold out online, but “in the stores, too,” he said during the fall runway presentation. “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen those words, sold out.” he continued, clearly hoping and tentatively expecting the same for the new Diane von Furstenberg fall 2017 collection.
The new collection features the perspective that helped the spring collection sell so well. The colors chosen were rich fall colors that would also stand out dominantly in winter. The colors are impressively appointed in a variety of prints and interestingly implemented into the silhouettes, embellished with embroidery when needed and looking charming in every ensemble.
The whole of his sophomore collection is a natural evolution of his style further evidenced by Jonathan Saunder comments that “in doing this season, I definitely continued the process of the first collection,” which he elaborated on by saying “it’s about an eclectic mix of materials, clashing colors and a sense of ease.”
The results were definitely interesting, and the playful tone of his method for mixing and matching to create ideal ensembles ended up creating successful looks. The greatest benefit of the Diane von Furstenberg fall 2017 collection was the outerwear. The coats were completely amazing with soft fur and color combinations that were slightly unexpected. The different lengths of the coats worked great against the dresses, allowing the patterns beneath to be seen in varying degrees as well.
According to Saunders, the collection was primarily inspired by African and Japanese influences which he feels ups the exotic appeal of the clothes. He also expanded the sportswear offerings with several looks sporting these new options in the collection. There were pants paired with different-length dresses to show off the full cut or design of the pants, though others were only hinting at the pants beneath.
The collection had so many different directions that the ensembles seemed to branch out in that at times the collection seemed to be pulling against itself but being held together by the power of will and creativity alone. It is an interesting direction for the DVF brand, and not an unwelcome or unappreciated one.
The looks are amazing and different, and I would even describe the Diane von Furstenberg fall 2017 collection overall as being refreshing. There is no fault in the designs and the spring collection did do incredibly well, so it will be a great thing to see how the next stage will sell as well.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Jonathan Saunders’ Diane von Furstenberg pre-fall 2017 collection expounds on a portion of her design that is as synonymous with her name as the wrap dress, but given less attention. Although the wrap dress is a fashion triumph that looks good on every woman, one of the most important things about Diane von Furstenberg’s work is to keep the wrap dress from being boring, making an appearance nearly every season and infuriatingly never mentioned as highly as it should be.
Diane von Furstenberg has an inimitable gift for patterns and textures. It is the patterns and textures of her clothes that keep staples like the wrap dress from being boring or one note, not just the silhouettes and optional cuts and ruffles.
Textiles are not typically underrated and in this case, it is more that they are overshadowed by the name of Diane von Furstenberg and her brilliant wrap dresses. But that is about to change. The new chief creative officer, Jonathan Saunders, titled the fashion house a ‘textile house’ and is using the incredible amount of prints to create even more, adding his own to the company and continuing to develop new fabrics.
The presentation for the Diane von Furstenberg pre-fall 2017 collection was met with an appreciation for the incredible colors and combination of fabrics.
Jonathan Saunders has said that he likes to test the fabrics, creating a different looks through constant attention. Saunders told Vogue: “I work a lot on the mannequin, cutting on the bias, and combining spontaneously when the fabrics come in.”
The pre-fall 2017 presentation was stunning in more ways than one. The ever-present wrap dress was lovely, done in a pretty peach flowered turquoise print on a breezy material with three-quarter-length sleeves. Another of the impressive looks in the collection was a combination of yellow, red and lilac. The lemon yellow knit sits beneath a lilac fil coupe sheath and is topped with a rich red fox stole.
In fact, many of the looks were beautifully layered, prints paired together unexpectedly but interestingly. The collection overall is kaleidoscopic, while individual looks are prismatic and entrancing. The mixture of the textures and the flow of the fabrics create a bevy of incredible silhouettes that would look great in any atmosphere.
The prints are not the only interesting point, as the feel of the clothes range from satin smooth to textured lace and even soft, plush fur. One of my favorite looks is a striped diagonal print on a single shoulder dress. The stripes are periwinkle blue, copper and cream and the bottom of the dress reaches a few inches beneath the knee, with a thigh-high side slit on one side. Overall the collection is nothing short of exquisite.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
We’ve been looking forward to Diane Von Furstenberg‘s spring/summer 2017 collection since back in May, when Jonathan Saunders was appointed the brand’s first chief creative officer. He relocated from London to New York to assume the position and take a majority of the design work away from Von Furstenberg, who wished to focus more on her work in philanthropy; which is a noble cause, yet caused for some concern among fans, who wondered what would become of the brand under the hand of someone else.
However, we were rather pleased when Saunders’ collection walked down the runway for New York Fashion Week. The garments were sharp and feminine, and had the essence of the DVF label, yet distinctly had the Scottish designer’s thumbprint all over it. We were so very happy to note that Saunders seems to have an understanding of the DVF woman.
At the center of this collection’s design were beautiful prints and color, which was mirrored in his work for his now-shuttered eponymous label. His business closed after 12 years of operation in winter of last year, so now we’re happy to see him back in practice, especially at the helm of such an iconic and well-established label. He has such a wonderful eye for patterns that it would have been a shame to not see him in a place to show for such events like a fashion week.
One such dress, his professed favorite, combined a multitude of loud prints with an asymmetrical silhouette that skirted the line of making you dizzy just by looking at it. “I made myself dizzy draping this one,” he said, in an interview with Vogue.
Despite the volume of the prints and the clashing colors, everything carried the sense of ease that comes with a DVF collection. It’s almost as if a woman tossed on an iconic Von Furstenberg dress and was sent through a tunnel of prints and color. The effect is truly remarkable. At many points, as with his favorite, Saunders took inspiration in the label’s classic wrap dress from 1974 and viewed it through a more contemporary lens.
Every piece in the Diane Von Furstenberg spring/summer 2017 collection wasn’t wanting for femininity either. They were each delicate in all the right areas and used restraint where it was called for. So, on top of his eye for mixing print and color, Saunders knows how to design for the feminine woman’s form.
His asymmetry, while not particularly edgy, brought about some unexpected moments in the line through manipulating the patterns as well as bringing it in through the expected hemlines and sleeve/straps; in some points, for instance, he cut off a print where it might have otherwise been dropped to the hem.
This breakout collection has us particularly excited to see where he decides to go next for the brand. We can clearly see that he understands what a DVF collection should entail while still having room to put himself into the lines.
The collection was smart, flirty, and perfectly wearable, which is especially impressive for a designer’s debut collection at the helm of a brand; we can likely expect that it will only get better from here!
Photos courtesy of Vogue
After closing his namesake label at the end of 2015, Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders was left without a proper fashion arena, wherein he could put all his creative efforts, thus making us wonder whether he was going to succeed any of his colleagues at some prestigious fashion house (in 2015 many designers stepped down from their creative positions, such as Raf Simons from Dior and Hedi Slimane from Saint Laurent). The anticipation was worth the wait, as it has been made official now that Jonathan Saunders has been appointed as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg. London-based Jonathan Saunders will thus say goodbye to one of the edgiest European fashion capitals for the first time in 12 years to immediately move to New York, where DVF is currently based. 39-year-old Saunders is undeniably going to have big shoes to fill in, as his role includes overseeing the entire creative director of the iconic label.
“Jonathan’s extraordinary passion for colors and prints, his effortless designs and his desire to make women feel beautiful make him the perfect creative force to lead DVF into the future. I could not have found a cooler, more intelligent designer and I cannot wait to watch him shine as our chief creative officer;” said Diane von Furstenberg, DVF’s founder and chairwoman. Judging from one of the latest pictures Saunders himself uploaded on Instagram, and the excited compliments he returned to the punk-rock queen, our beloved Scottish designer must be already enjoying, if not entirely loving, his stay at the City That Never Sleeps.
“The wonderful thing about Diane is she’s very aware of designers in London. Diane came to one of my very early shows years ago when I was showing in London Fashion Week. She’s always been a supporter of the aesthetic of the brand that resonated with her in terms of my love of prints. I met her again at Downing Street in London, and I think we started a conversation and it went very fast;” he stated in a phone call with the WWD, revealing the decision was a quick one. Both the label and the designer apparently needed just a few weeks to make it official. “The spirit with which this brand was founded is incredibly relevant today. I am thrilled to be part of its next chapter. […] Although the brand has such an incredible history, the company is not afraid of change and doing things in an unusual and interesting way,” he concluded.
Saunders, who will work alongside chief executive officer Paolo Riva, will surely add a colorful and skilled artisanal touch to the label, revitalizing and modernizing DVF. He is also mainly known for his signature feminine aesthetics that will perfectly broaden the label’s usual audience, alongside DFV’s punk-rock silhouettes. While Diane von Furstenberg has quite a reputation for giving women cozy and self-confident designs, Saunders has that of being a modern, terrific designer that just turns intricate ideas into real products.
Photo courtesy of British Vogue