The eagerly anticipated Diane Von Furstenberg Fall 2006 show took place on Sunday, February 5th and proudly boasted a motto of 'A man's life in a woman's body'. Ironic so that it should clash with one of the most masculine and testosterone fuelled events of the year, otherwise known as Superbowl Sunday. As I looked around at the carefully styled fans of Diane Von Furstenberg including; Susan Sarandon, Diane Sawyer, Candace Bushnell and Nicky Hilton, I wondered how far these ladies were actually willing to go in pursuit of this much sought after 'man's life'.
The venue of the Tent at Bryant Park lacked the intimacy of Diane's Studio (she was forced to move to the Tent after last season's accident where a rack of stage lights fell on members of the audience) but Diane worked hard to create an atmosphere setting the scene by projecting red lips on to the runway and by opening the show with Dolly Parton's '9 to 5'. The effect was immediate as the models sashayed down the runway in a confident, sexy and practical collection straight out of every working girl's dreams.
High waisted pencil skirts brought an instant touch of class and femininty to the collection and were cleverly loosened up in wool jersey and knit suiting which according to Diane allowed for 'freedom of movement as the working girl runs from board meeting to rendezvous'.
Sharp, tailored suits were in abundance, reminiscent of Heather Locklear and her co-workers in Melrose Place and creating a sense of eighties power dressing but the lumberjack patterns and blanket checks and tartans clearly emphasised the feeling of strength and masculinity that Diane was trying to achieve.
Hair was either scraped back in a 'sexy secretary' style bun or held in place by hairbands which unfortunately appear to be making a comeback. Makeup was a polished complexion finished off with lips in varying shades of bright reds and pinks. For accessories, Diane added an element of fun with leather elbow length driving gloves and mink trimmed shoes.
Key items from the collection included a midnight kiss chiffon skirt that will undoubtedly make it on to every celebrity's wish list and an adorable polka dot page- boy style jacket in velvet.
Diane's trademark wrap dresses also made an appearance and were accompanied by shirtdresses in lumberjack, polka dot, Navajo chiffon and leopard print.
Diane Von Furstenberg's latest collection was all about inspiring confidence in women and as she strolled down the runway greeting her many friends and admirers she was the perfect example to working girls everywhere.