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Shine On:
The Eugenia Embellished Dress

There’s so much to celebrate—especially in the carefree summer months—so we’re matching our look to our mood with these brilliant evening options. For one, our powerstone minaudière now comes in a dazzling caviar leather that will punctuate any outfit, all season long. Next, we’ve found the perfect gold heel that’s just made for dancing. Last, but certainly not least, we’re loving this Eugenia dress, which packs shimmering silk and embellished details into one very mini silhouette. Whatever you’re celebrating, shine on!

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Travels to my Elephant:
The DVF Rickshaw

We are proud to share our participation in Travels to my Elephant, a rickshaw race and auction raising funds for the endangered Asian elephant. If you’ve been in London this summer, you may have noticed the colorful fleet of rickshaws touring around town—including Flora Fauna, our cheetah floral-printed design. At the end of the month, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be hosting an auction of the designer rickshaws, so read more about efforts to save the Asian elephant, visit Flora Fauna (currently at Chiltern Firehouse), and get ready to place your bid!

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Shine On:
The Eugenia Embellished Dress

There’s so much to celebrate—especially in the carefree summer months—so we’re matching our look to our mood with these brilliant evening options. For one, our powerstone minaudière now comes in a dazzling caviar leather that will punctuate any outfit, all season long. Next, we’ve found the perfect gold heel that’s just made for dancing. Last, but certainly not least, we’re loving this Eugenia dress, which packs shimmering silk and embellished details into one very mini silhouette. Whatever you’re celebrating, shine on!

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Flashback Friday:
Laid Back Style

1982: Diane lounging on the terrace outside the barn-turned-studio at Cloudwalk, her Connecticut home. Have a relaxing, refreshing weekend!

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Travels to my Elephant:
The DVF Rickshaw

We are proud to share our participation in Travels to my Elephant, a rickshaw race and auction raising funds for the endangered Asian elephant. If you’ve been in London this summer, you may have noticed the colorful fleet of rickshaws touring around town—including Flora Fauna, our cheetah floral-printed design. At the end of the month, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be hosting an auction of the designer rickshaws, so read more about efforts to save the Asian elephant, visit Flora Fauna (currently at Chiltern Firehouse), and get ready to place your bid!

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Summer Friday Agenda:
Fair Folks & a Goat

Let’s talk about Summer Fridays. If you’re not using this great New York tradition to kick off a weekend getaway, you’re faced with quite a (delightful) dilemma: spend a languid day at home, or get out and explore?

Well, we’ve found the perfect spot to end any debate: Fair Folks & a Goat. Tucked in a quiet block of the East Village, this shop offers charming wares and a coffee membership program that’s creating a relaxed, community feel unique in their bustling Manhattan neighborhood. The result? A visit to Fair Folks is like shopping in the comfort of your (dream) living room. Alongside the cases of chic watches and shelves of unique candles, the furniture (curated by co-owner and former MoMA Design Store buyer Aurora Mazzei) is on sale and totally lust-worthy… think tufted benches perfect for relaxing with an iced latte while considering new throw pillows. So this Friday, bring a friend, order a drink, and stock up on new bikinis and hostess gifts for summer weekends away—in the unlikely event you still want to escape.

Fair Folks Recommends:
When you’ve finished caffeinating and catching up, have a late lunch at Momofuku, or a massive Italian sandwich from Russo’s, then head to Yuca for happy hour in the sun. Or if the weather turns sour, head north to the Met for paintings of Pan, Greek god of shepherds and flocks, and namesake of our new favorite Summer Friday spot.

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Wrap of the Moment:
The Jewel

We’re big fans of a mixed wrap dress. Jersey meets chiffon. Multi-scaled prints. The possibilities are endless, really, and we’re pleased to be introducing a new one for Pre-Fall. To show off the boldest print of the season, we’ve brought back the Jewel wrap dress with its signature form-fitting jersey top and a flirty pleated skirt, now in a light, textured linen and silk blend. To make the most of the beautiful texture, we’re pairing this wrap with a basketweave clutch, cloth-covered heels, and a wood-grained resin necklace for a fresh, organic summer look.

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Coming Soon:
DVF Manhasset

We are thrilled to announce a new boutique at Americana Manhasset on Long Island, to open on July 1! In celebration, we’ve been out and about exploring the area. Read on for our local favorites and keep up with us at @DVFManhasset. Plus, on July 1-3 and July 10-12, we’ll have champagne and treats, a raffle and a special gift with purchase, so stop by, shop, and say hello!

Jones Beach State Park
Between hiking, swimming and sailing, Diane is always inspired by the outdoors. This sandy oasis is perfect for a jet-set woman looking to nap off a long flight, or a sunny day of active family fun.

Toku
With a modern Pan-Asian menu that was built to share, Toku is the perfect venue for girls’ night. Cocktails and a few courses later, you’ll be all caught up on the latest flavors, gossip and news.

Cipollini
Make a Mediterranean escape to the terrace at Cipollini. With contemporary Italian cuisine and big sun umbrellas to match, this trattoria is the ideal spot for a relaxing midday meal.

NuBest Salon
For 40 years, this family-run salon has been making women feel their best. Make a quick stop here for a manicure or trim between a new look from DVF and dinner with the girls.

Nassau County Museum of Art
An art museum is always top on Diane’s to-do list. For some creative inspiration, spend a quiet afternoon strolling through this mansion-turned-museum’s outdoor sculpture garden.

The Bar Method
Give your body and confidence a boost with this ballet-based workout class. Run by two childhood best friends (and Manhasset natives!), this studio fosters an encouraging environment while getting you toned and fit.

DVF Manhasset
We’re bringing our signature print and color to Americana Manhasset! Our newest shop is the best place on Long Island to discover our full ready-to-wear and accessories collections.

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Flashback Friday:
Escape to Bali

Frangipani flowers, dramatic volcanoes… today we’re flashing back to the late 1980’s when Diane first fell in love with the magical island of Bali.

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Summer Weddings:
The Layla Dress

The summer wedding season is here! With festivities indoors and out, here and afar, we’ve picked this calico Layla dress as our go-to style. It’s easy to pack and effortlessly glamorous—plus, the breezy fit is perfect for dancing when paired with a mid-heel. Tuck your camera and sunglasses in an envelope clutch, add some statement jewelry for shine, and get ready to celebrate. Love is life!

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Desert Calling:
Stylist Natalie Joos on Santa Fe

What about the Pre-Fall Collection inspired you to shoot in New Mexico?
I was immediately inspired by the colors and the ethnic prints, but I didn’t want to get too literal with the African theme. I was looking for a place with sandy tones and soft structures. Some place ethnically ambiguous and unique, that not many people know about. When we found the pueblo in Taos, and read that it was a UNESCO heritage site, I thought it was perfect for DVF. It’s not just a beautiful, magical location; it has history and cultural significance.

And how did you go about choosing the specific location?
I’m a great googler. I just ran down images of desert locations and stumbled upon it.

What surprised you most about the landscape?
The sky is incredible. And the landscape changes as the light moves along. It’s a vast, rural and mountainous area with impressive rock formations. The pueblo itself is very unusual. The Indians still live there, without electricity and gas. They build their own homes and roofs with clay.

Any funny stories from the set?
We saw a really fat dog chase a coyote!

Tell us more about the models and what led you to choose them?
We worked with Gizele Oliveira and Kenya Kinski, both girls I chose because in my opinion they have more to offer than just their pretty faces. Gizele has amazing style and gets noticed on the street by photographers. Her instagram account is quite fun and colorful. I found Kenya on the Ford Models website and without knowing booked the daughter of Nastassja Kinski and Quincy Jones. I loved both girls for their soft skin color too.

What are you favorite pieces in the pre-fall collection? Any particular print or silhouette you are pining for? 
I love the leopard camo jacket with fur lining.

What tips would you give travelers who follow in your footsteps, i.e., where to stay? Where to shop? Where to eat?
I would refer them to the stories I posted on my site Tales of Endearment. I did a few extra shoots while I was there, highlighting the area and its many marvels.

And finally, any advice on how to wear the Southwestern look without looking too much like a cowgirl?
The fastest way to do that is to wear fringe. There’s more fringe in Santa Fe than on the entire field of Coachella! Santa Fe is the real deal though; none of that silly costume stuff. You could also add a pair of wicked cowboy boots to your outfit. They don’t have to be the usual brown or black. My friend Wendy Henry makes stunning fashion-inspired custom booties at her store Back at the Ranch and you can easily wear them in New York City. I wore mine with a 60’s woven dress and it wasn’t overwhelmingly Southwestern. Turquoise jewelry is easy too. Just stack it on top of what you normally wear. And if you are really brave, you could wear a cool cowboy hat, but I haven’t seen anyone pull that off successfully…

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