Fashion Week: DVF Courts Anderson Cooper, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Editorial Warfare; Erin Fetherston Goes Out of Africa
|Sarah Jessica Parker spends another Sunday in church|
American Vogue's Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, and Andrè Leon Talley commanded front-and-center spots, strategically placed away from colleague Hamish Bowles (rumor has it, they're exasperated with his popularity in the party circuit) and as far as physically possible from Wintour's terribly chic rival, French Vogue EIC Carine Roitfeld. Immediately across the split runway, former Condè Nast kingpin Tina Brown smiled at the Vogue throng beatifically, looking elegant in crisp white. Next to them, rain-flecked Sarah Jessica Parker commandeered a gargantuan security detail as Anderson Cooper watched with a barely perceptible smirk.
Von Furstenberg's Spring 2011 collection revealed fewer politics and relatively muted drama. The CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) president entirely shunned her ubiquitous jersey wrap dress (a runway staple since its '70s inception) and also the muted hues of her Fall 2010 collection; a vibrant fuschia, hooded silk racerback gown was perhaps the most ambitious garment, as the rest were more of the bold career-girl prints DVF knows best.
Diana MacDonald DVF
A tiered black and white shift surprised with cutout crimson window panels, as if the Coliseum had sprung legs, and white crepe silk cocktail dresses mixed playfully with equally Athenian gold. Her sparingly used "tobacco prints" print of giraffe-like brown and cream was staid, and a startling lemon romper moved disjointedly. The closing gown, a fine twist of black silk plissè, was alluringly refined, but just still so familiar.
Diana MacDonald Diane von Furstenberg takes a lap