The invite for Diane von Furstenberg’s show featured a puzzle motif, with one missing piece leaving a noticeable hole in the card. The visual could have taken her collection in almost any direction, but what it resulted in was von Furstenberg’s most sophisticated lineup in recent memory, with a distinct Parisian chic. It was highly appealing and may have been the influence of French creative director Yvan Mispelaere, who is now in his third season at DVF.

The musings in her show notes — more extensive than any other New York designer so far — crystallized the woman she had in mind. “Glamorous at a moment’s notice,” “effortless and elaborate” and with “a heightened awareness to the promise of places she has not yet been.”

Von Furstenberg, typically not afraid of prints, pared things down considerably, with lovely results. She opened the show with a black jersey off-the-shoulder dress which flaunted the model’s curves, and continued with a series of elegant looks, including an aubergine coat casually thrown over an asymmetric pink jumpsuit, a sleeveless cerulean blue top with a deep red pencil skirt, or a casually fitting red top with mustard-hued trousers accessorized with a gold belt. These, and many more looks in the lineup, displayed von Furstenberg’s sense of color. The clothes were perfectly suited for a glamorous night on the town — a place in which von Furstenberg is very comfortable.

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