House party! Diane von Furstenberg hijacked New York Fashion Week as we know it and harnessed social media at the brand's Sunday early evening gig in her corporate headquarters on 14th Street where she also lives.
It was two glam floors of "performance art," if you will, the most fabulous (and it was) happening on the second where the industry's hottest models including Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss partied on a slightly raised platform along with von Furstenberg herself, who sometimes directed and, at others, actually got into the melee. They danced wildly to songs like "I'm Every Woman," sung into makeup brushes and took selfies all in the designer's looks for next season.
Von Furstenberg occasionally came off the stage, sometimes to pull people onto it (Carine Roitfeld obliged while one fellow frantically ran away), other times to kiss friends (Nicky Hilton, Olivia Palermo and Internet sensation Alexis Ren among them). She surveyed the throng, all (including us) recording the moment on cellphones and cameras. .
Were they happy? Yes, they were, and you could see it click in her eyes. ... This was a hit. Adding to the ambience -- trays of wine, hors d'oeuvres and pink macarons for Valentine's Day.
Downstairs, lesser-known models moved about office desks to animate work clothes, others came in and out of doorways and dressing rooms.
As for the clothes? Lots for celebrating -- choose a feather-light lame long dress with a high slit or an airy black chiffon maxi with gold metallic stamping. Go for a saucy black-and-white cocktail or a jumpsuit, color block or sparkly embroidered black.
For day, prints galore -- a floral sundress for your vacay, a leather ensemble with a stripe-y skirt for biz, shorts, skirts, tweeds and more.
As the Council of Fashion Designers of America chairman von Furstenberg has publicly recognized the need for New York Fashion Week to change and called for it. On Sunday night she made it happen. "It's not the same old boring fashion show," said one industry heavy in the audience. And aside from the business of it all, "Everybody will leave here smiling," said Coco Rochas, who attended the event dressed in a lacy von Furstenberg jumpsuit. They did. -- Anne Bratskeir (Credit: Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris)