“I always wanted to live a man’s life in a woman’s body.” So went the sound bite of pre-fall at Diane von Furstenberg. To translate that to the look of the season, the designer summoned the spirit of Mick Jagger during his Marianne Faithfull years, and Oscar Wilde and the classic London dandies, working tweedy, narrow tailoring on shorts, skinny pants and vests and short jackets with leather details. Burgundy, camel and forest green infused the clothes with a rich, autumnal mood that looked sharp on color-blocked jackets.
For all the men’s wear influence, von Furstenberg is not one to ignore her feminine side, which she addressed with body-hugging sheaths with lace detailing, printed poet blouses and flared skirts done in a great stretch viscose. Accessories too were designed with a power-woman in mind, with touches of leopard, metallic and high heels with a graphic metal accent.