In the middle of the swank inaugural gathering for Diane von Furstenberg’s new display “Journey of a Dress”, the iconic expensive erected in the bathroom mountaineering up her wrap-dress to regulate her black tights. Models, all attired in numerous personifications of von Furstenberg’s autograph look, congregated about the mirror and dawdled by the basins. “You all look amazing,” the designer flattered, obviously appreciating a moment’s silence the evening’s revelries.
The exhibition situated in Los Angeles’ Wilshire May Company Building, reproduces four decades’ value of the iconic dress, figure-hugging nearly 200 differences in a enormous gallery. As the party outspread,, von Furstenberg’s frequent fans appeared, with everybody from Rooney Mara to Rachel Zoe to Allison Williams viewing up to rejoice the designer’s work. Champagne poured spontaneously and the throng flowed into an imitation of Studio 54 shaped just for the gathering (the music: not quite so ‘70s). Almost every man jack had their wrap-dress – and a story – of their own.
“I remember the first runway show my sister and I went to in New York was her show,” Paris Hilton told to ELLE. “We had just both moved to New York. I was 16 and my sister was 13 and we came dressed as twins in matching DVF wrap-dresses. It was so exciting to be at our first runway show. We’ve known Diane since we were little girls and I’ve always admired her and her style.” “When I was in seventh grade I borrowed my mom’s wrap-dress,” Katherine Schwarzenegger recalled. “It was the first time I wore anything designer. That’s my favourite DVF memory. It looked a little weird on me since I was incredibly flat chested and had awesome braces, but otherwise it looked really good. That dress looks good even with braces!”
The replicas appeared predominantly occupied with von Furstenberg and numerous had reminiscences of their time on and off the runway to segment.
“My first time sitting in the front row of one of her shows I was like ‘Oh she’s not going to know who I am,’” Molly Sims said. “Even though I’d walked in her shows I wasn’t sure. She was like ‘Wait, Molly! You haven’t kissed me!’ I said, ‘I will kiss you any time.’ That’s my best memory of her. She also told me to hurry up and get married and have kids.”
“I’ve had so many fortunate moments with Diane at events and seeing her at the CFDAs,” Erin Wasson added. “It’s less about the clothing for me and more about the woman and the spirit. It’s about who she is and the history and the stories she has. She’s an enigma.”
Even the men had thoughtful admiration for the wrap-dress. Edward Norton and his consort Shauna Robertson inwards initial to the festivity and actor Ben Foster consumed much of the twilight careering his girlfriend everywhere the demonstration. Dallas star Jesse Metcalfe waited uncomplainingly for his girlfriend Cara Santana as she strut with reporters on the way in and reproduced on his own construction to the fashionable. “I got the opportunity to meet Diane for the first time at her book launch at one of her stores in Dallas six months ago,” Metcalfe told us. “She is very charming and very beautiful. I’m here with my girlfriend. I’m really supporting her. That’s what Diane’s all about right? She’s all about supporting a strong woman.”
As for why the wrap-dress creates a woman look so good? “I don’t know,” Metcalfe laughed. “But they sure are sexy aren’t they?”