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Diane von Furstenberg: Puzzle solved

A model walks the runway at the Diane

A model walks the runway at the Diane Von Furstenberg Fall 2012 fashion show. (Feb. 12, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

Invitations to Diane von Furstenberg’s packed house at the tents on Sunday afternoon featured puzzle pieces. Her excellent runway show, a bit more scaled back than usual in the bells-and-whistles department, provided answers.

The puzzle? Age-old. What do women really want to wear?

For von Furstenberg and her three season creative director, Yvan Mispelaere, and we’re thinking a whole lot of ladies, they want to wear easy clothes with identity, color, texture and style.

And here it was in the very first look: a dark jersey off-the-shoulder dress subdued but sizzling. Need more coverage? How about a black, heavily embellished short-sleeve coat over a turtleneck and shorts. Want it sleeker? Try the stylish pink long sleeve top with a wine pencil skirt slashed at the middle with a wide red belt.

Some of the best looks were the easiest –“nonchalant” – said program notes, like billowing coats with narrow dresses underneath, purposely unmatched.

It wouldn’t be von Furstenberg if there weren’t some prints – craziest, a handprint graphic.  Others included quotation marks, keyholes and, of course, scattered puzzle pieces.

Opening notes described von Furstenberg’s muse as, “Glamorous at a moment’s notice, she is alive with anticipation.” Closing notes read, “The pieces are coming together. The night is young; she is timeless.”

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