It was a wrap dress that opened Diane von Furstenberg’s afternoon show, which was titled, “Beginnings,” perhaps in acknowledgement of 9/11. But this was not your basic slinky, jersey printed wrap dress. It was pure white cotton, crisp and full-skirted. And so fresh and lovely that it could have been the reason for the show title. Three other white ensembles followed before the color blast began with vibrant swaths of lilac, periwinkle, minty green and violet.
The show meandered – in a pleasant way. There were long shorts worn with neat blazers – almost school boyish, with a touch of geek chic. Models with high bee hive ‘do’s evoked 60’s glam – an embroidered sequin floor-length shirtdress with high leg slits conjured retro Miami or Malibu, while slightly curved shifts with layered hems were glammed up versions of what Marlo Thomas might have worn on “That Girl.”
Prints were zany: giant flowers, leaves and even a giraffe pattern here and there. And coats – like the pale blue nylon job – were utilitarian but meant to be worn with everything.
At the end, von Furstenberg and her creative director Yvan Mispelaere handed out miniature American flags to front-rowers and walked the runway to the song, “Feeling Good.” And everybody did.