“Accept the reality, embrace the challenge, and deal with it. Be in charge of your own life.
Turn negatives into positives and be proud to be a woman.”
-Diane Von Furstenburg
Last week, I had an absolute pinch-me moment when I got to host the queen Diane Von Furstenburg at her annual Neiman Marcus fashion show in Chicago. Seriously, I am so honored and it is honestly one of the highlights of my career so far. Diane has inspired me so much, and it was amazing to see the way she inspired so many people at her talk and fashion show.
I have no words to express what an amazing and talented woman and designer Diane is. While I was unpacking for my move, I found my copy of her book and was moved by her story of how she was influenced by her mother, who was a holocaust survivor. I saw so many commonalities between us, including her mission to be a voice for women’s empowerment.
Her branding has always been designed for the Woman in Charge, and that was evident in the clothing in her fashion show! I believe every woman deserves to see these pieces, so here are some of her best-sellers and my personal favorites from the show (with a little styling advice to make them look their best).
I wore this combination for the event with DVF herself! I’ve been warming up to leopard lately and this outfit was the perfect debut for me to dive into the trend. The gown is a beautiful wine red color with velvet leopard spots—it’s beyond luxurious. The faux fur coat adds even more glam and a nice contrasting element. I will definitely be wearing the dress and coat again, since the dress is perfect for formal events, and the faux fur coat can be dressed up or down and worn with just about anything!
When the model walked out in this stunning number, my jaw dropped! Not only is the color really eye-catching, but the shape is incredibly flattering too. This dress is my #1 suggestion for anyone shopping for a great gala dress this season–you will definitely be the eye candy of any room.
DVF invented the wrap dress, and she is killing it again with this wrap jumpsuit. The silhouette is classic yet fresh, and it is totally sexy-chic. This fuschia color has been one of my obsessions for the last few months so this was an exciting new way to see it (although the jumpsuit is available in black too!). This is a must-have piece that can be worn year-round, with a bright shoe for a pop of color and an eye-catching bag.
This might have been the most fun look in the show! The model wore it with a little cropped sequin jacket (not available yet) and danced around in this flowy, sparkly dress. This piece is fun but also really versatile, so I can imagine it being worn by day with a tee shirt and sneakers, or by night with a leather jacket and neon pumps.
It is no secret that DVF knows how to make an amazing wrap dress, but she really outdid herself with this sequin version. The way this dress sparkles in real life is insane! I love that this dress has total party vibes, but is also super appropriate for business and work events. I would love to see this styled with tall white boots or an edgy statement heel.
Can’t get enough of the sequins in this collection! I included a pair of sequin pants in my recent Zara must-haves post, so I was excited to see this elevated version at the show. I am totally picturing these sequin pants with an oversized sweater and a bright shoe for an elevated weekday look. But these pants can be perfect for a night out or event as well, with a chic blouse, statement blazer, and classic pump.
If you know me, you know how much I adore power suits! They always make me feel really confident and put-together, and they are truly made for the Woman in Charge. This color especially is perfect for boss women because it is beautifully bold and makes a statement at any time of the year. This suit is a staple for sure and belongs in the closet of every powerful woman!
Diane herself was wearing a suit in this pattern to the event, so of course, I loved it right away. After all, Diane’s fun prints are such an important part of her iconic style! This tunic silhouette is beautifully classic and made more stylish with colorful abstract circle details. The collar and button-down detail makes the dress work and business-appropriate, while still showing a lot of personality.
Another gorgeous party dress gifted to us in this amazing collection by DVF! This one is all things flirty, fun, and of course, fashionable. I absolutely adore the sheer sleeves and the flattering ruching detail at the waist. This would look amazing styled with bright white boots and a colorful statement bag, perfect for any fun occasion!
Saving quite possibly the best for last… I completely fell in love with this coat the second I saw it, and I could not stop staring! Not only is the color totally rich and eye-catching, but the abstract print is also so epic. The texturized wool couldn’t have been a better choice–wool is a great contrast to the sleek, chic color and design of the rest of the coat. This should definitely be a top wish list item for every woman who loves to make a statement with a single piece!
This fabulous bold print is also available in wide-leg pants. These would pair amazingly with a crop top, edgy jacket, and sleek pumps. They have an elastic tie waistband and pockets, so they are also the perfect stylish lounge pant.
These are some of the most amazing pieces in DVF’s best collection yet, and I really enjoyed channeling the energy of meeting her into these styles. Thank you all for all the congratulations you sent on the event, and for supporting me to work with a designer as amazing as DVF. These pieces are so gorgeous and have so much story behind them, and I hope you will feel as powerful as I did wearing them!
Check out the entire DVF collection at Neiman Marcus. What are your favorite pieces?