A Bohemian Wrapsody ... Diane von Furstenberg FW2014-15 Collection

Icons are made, not born. Similar notion goes to the iconic Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses: What started off as means of paying her bills somehow became the symbol of feminine emancipation back in the 70s.

Though 40 years have passed, the wrap dress has remained synonymous with this Belgian-born fashion designer and more women of the younger generation are embracing its liberating nuance. At the recent New York Fashion Week, the iconic piece once again graced the runway.

For the fall/winter collection, Diane eclectically mixed a plethora of prints which the brand is known for, colours of both monotonous and riotous tones, elegant silhouettes, detailing and materials. The result is a vibrant melange of style that truly lives up to its collection name – a seductive rhapsody of Bohemian chic.

Doused in Gaelic-influenced print with darts, the opening wrap dress was modelled by British model/singer Karen Elson — certainly an appropriate choice as her Gaelic feature of rosy skin and flaming slicked back redhead tresses complemented the dress so well.

Probably influenced by her voyages to many parts of the world, especially Asia, nuances of the Orient could be seen on the bold and modernist monotonous swirl prints that are akin to clouds in the ancient Chinese paintings. Even the fur coats are saturated in similar patterns and soaked in exciting colours, bringing out the edgier side of the coats.

While the 2014 spring/summer version of sheer is meant for those who are audacious and imbued with steep self-confidence, the DVF version seemed more modest and classy. Case in point: sheer gown with plunging v-neckline and short billowed sleeve peppered in Americana star print. 

In fact, the dress even reminds of a similar look worn by iconic singer/actress Barbra Streisand in a scene in her smash hit movie The Star is Born where Barbra stood in the middle of the plains. 

On the other hand, layering is done is the most stylish way where wrap cardigan in the animated hue of red (or carmine) is worn atop a round-necked printed dress with plum or mauve chiffon hem or a printed wrap cardigan worn atop a dress with appliquéd neckline.

Towards the end, models paraded a slew of gold-toned pieces that harked back to the days of Studio 54 where Diane was known to be one of its frequent patrons. The skirts are short while the necklines are plunged with either scalloped or piped details. 

There's also a glitter-saturated romper or playsuit that will evoke the disco spirit and tempt you to rule the dancefloor.

Diane von Furstenberg Fall/Winter 2014-15 collection will be available at all DVF stores and selected upscale department stores and multi-brand boutiques worldwide in autumn.

*Photos by Style.com

Diane von Furstenberg - Lot 3.33.00 Level 3, Pavilion, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 55100; Lot G03E, First Floor, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur 50088


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