Behind the Scenes:
The Riviera Campaign

Join us for a sneak peek on location at our Spring 2015 campaign shoot, and hear Diane von Furstenberg speak about the inspiration for her Riviera collection. An iconic, mid-century airline terminal brings us back to a time when the epitome of glamour was jetting off to the Côte d’Azur. In seaside-inspired colors and graphic black and white, model Daria Werbowy captures the on-the-go spirit of the collection, Spring 2015: Riviera. 

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Check Mate:
The Soft Gingham Clutch

Soft and spacious, the Foldover Pochette is a standout from our new Voyage handbag collection. With a pop of gingham and splashes of Riviera-inspired hues, the Foldover Pochette fits all of your daytime essentials, but tucks easily under the arm after dark, leaving hands free for that Hemingway Daiquiri. Versatile and packable, the Voyage Foldover Pochette features one large zip pocket, with an outside slot for your lipstick and phone. Simplify, and have it all.

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Movie Night:
Gwyneth’s Best Roles

Mother, blogger, DVF collaborator and avid jumpsuit-wearer Gwyneth Paltrow is back to her roots starring in Mortdecai, the art heist comedy we’ll be watching this weekend. Not surprisingly, Gwyneth’s character, wife of the hapless Mortdecai, is his perfect foil: smart, radiant, calm and collected. In case you need a refresh on the actress and her legendarily strong characters, here are a few Gwyneth films we’re adding back to our watch lists:

Shakespeare in Love
Defying the expectations and sexism of the day, Viola De Lesseps stops short of nothing in her quest to follow her dreams and her love, cross-dressing expertly and inspiring one of the greatest plays of all time along the way.

The Talented Mr. Ripley
Aside from the captivating performances, this film stands out for Gwyneth’s enviable wardrobe: full printed skirts and button-ups tied at the waist, all against the backdrop of a fictionalized Positano, Italy. Needless to say, Marge Sherwood is inspiring how we wear our Riviera collection.

The Royal Tenenbaums
When we meet Margot Tenenbaum she seems stuck in her own life, but as the movie unfolds, we love learning about the healthy share of secrets and adventures under her belt.

Emma
You can’t beat Jane Austen for smart, spirited female characters who play by their own rules. They may get themselves in trouble, but it all works out in the end, even for misguided matchmaker Emma Woodhouse.

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Look 1:
The Riviera Wrap

A seaside breeze infuses the wrap dress with a ruffle of sweet chiffon: meet Riviera, the newest addition to the wrap dress family. With fitted jersey flowing into an asymmetrical skirt, a clean three-quarter sleeve and a bold contrast belt, the Riviera wrap makes its debut in black-and-white gingham, forever a staple of South of France charm. We can’t wait to slip on the Riviera with a bright white chain link tote, and a delicate Vera heel in that graphic and glamorous print of the season.

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Jessica Joffe’s Superbowl Guide

If, like me, you’ve been spending the run-up to Super Bowl XLIX fretting whether you’re more in love with Richard Sherman’s feisty brilliance or Marshawn Lynch’s taciturn mischief than watching the actual games (let’s not even get into Deflategate, Pretty Brady), then this is the perfect Super Bowl guide for you. All you really need to know is whose team colours you prefer, and I’ll take care of the rest (Sherman and Lynch, that is).

Seattle Seahawks: Silver, Green and Blue

Since you never know which way the Phoenix sun will turn on Sunday, it’s always best to bring a DVF cashmere sweater that conveniently includes your team colors along to the game. It’ll go nicely with your favourite jeans— in my case, this patched up pair by Closed Denim does the trick nicely, and fits over your lucky underwear by Xirena (get them at Scoop, across the street from your flagship in the Meat Packing District). Then throw on these silver and black slip-ons, because these games are long and you don’t want to complain about your feet (only the other team’s suspiciously soft balls). Tuck your Skittles (Lynch’s favorite) and your silvery blue and green eye-shadow into your green clutch, along with the silver glitter coin purse (you never know if you’ll be summoned to do the coin toss) and have that turquoise Tabula Rasa blanket on hand in case you need to take a quick nap during halftime.

New England Patriots: Red, White and Blue of course

To compete with Giselle, you may need to pull out all the stops, so slip into a pair of our failure-proof pumps, and tie yourself into one of our Patriotic wraps and you’re off to the races… er… games. If you’re going for a slightly more sportif look, you may want to investigate our denim flares and a cheerful striped wrap top with a red scarf for that color pop. Don’t forget your bold red coin purse, since you’ll inevitably want to drown your sorrows at the bar when the Seahawks win AGAIN.

Finally! Don’t forget to check into our Scottsdale store on Saturday from 3-6pm where our newly minted Brand Ambassador Brittany Hampton will be meeting and greeting.

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Check Mate:
The Soft Gingham Clutch

Soft and spacious, the Foldover Pochette is a standout from our new Voyage handbag collection. With a pop of gingham and splashes of Riviera-inspired hues, the Foldover Pochette fits all of your daytime essentials, but tucks easily under the arm after dark, leaving hands free for that Hemingway Daiquiri. Versatile and packable, the Voyage Foldover Pochette features one large zip pocket, with an outside slot for your lipstick and phone. Simplify, and have it all.

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Look 1:
The Riviera Wrap

A seaside breeze infuses the wrap dress with a ruffle of sweet chiffon: meet Riviera, the newest addition to the wrap dress family. With fitted jersey flowing into an asymmetrical skirt, a clean three-quarter sleeve and a bold contrast belt, the Riviera wrap makes its debut in black-and-white gingham, forever a staple of South of France charm. We can’t wait to slip on the Riviera with a bright white chain link tote, and a delicate Vera heel in that graphic and glamorous print of the season.

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Behind the Scenes:
The Riviera Campaign

Join us for a sneak peek on location at our Spring 2015 campaign shoot, and hear Diane von Furstenberg speak about the inspiration for her Riviera collection. An iconic, mid-century airline terminal brings us back to a time when the epitome of glamour was jetting off to the Côte d’Azur. In seaside-inspired colors and graphic black and white, model Daria Werbowy captures the on-the-go spirit of the collection, Spring 2015: Riviera. 

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Movie Night:
Gwyneth’s Best Roles

Mother, blogger, DVF collaborator and avid jumpsuit-wearer Gwyneth Paltrow is back to her roots starring in Mortdecai, the art heist comedy we’ll be watching this weekend. Not surprisingly, Gwyneth’s character, wife of the hapless Mortdecai, is his perfect foil: smart, radiant, calm and collected. In case you need a refresh on the actress and her legendarily strong characters, here are a few Gwyneth films we’re adding back to our watch lists:

Shakespeare in Love
Defying the expectations and sexism of the day, Viola De Lesseps stops short of nothing in her quest to follow her dreams and her love, cross-dressing expertly and inspiring one of the greatest plays of all time along the way.

The Talented Mr. Ripley
Aside from the captivating performances, this film stands out for Gwyneth’s enviable wardrobe: full printed skirts and button-ups tied at the waist, all against the backdrop of a fictionalized Positano, Italy. Needless to say, Marge Sherwood is inspiring how we wear our Riviera collection.

The Royal Tenenbaums
When we meet Margot Tenenbaum she seems stuck in her own life, but as the movie unfolds, we love learning about the healthy share of secrets and adventures under her belt.

Emma
You can’t beat Jane Austen for smart, spirited female characters who play by their own rules. They may get themselves in trouble, but it all works out in the end, even for misguided matchmaker Emma Woodhouse.

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Jessica Joffe’s Superbowl Guide

If, like me, you’ve been spending the run-up to Super Bowl XLIX fretting whether you’re more in love with Richard Sherman’s feisty brilliance or Marshawn Lynch’s taciturn mischief than watching the actual games (let’s not even get into Deflategate, Pretty Brady), then this is the perfect Super Bowl guide for you. All you really need to know is whose team colours you prefer, and I’ll take care of the rest (Sherman and Lynch, that is).

Seattle Seahawks: Silver, Green and Blue

Since you never know which way the Phoenix sun will turn on Sunday, it’s always best to bring a DVF cashmere sweater that conveniently includes your team colors along to the game. It’ll go nicely with your favourite jeans— in my case, this patched up pair by Closed Denim does the trick nicely, and fits over your lucky underwear by Xirena (get them at Scoop, across the street from your flagship in the Meat Packing District). Then throw on these silver and black slip-ons, because these games are long and you don’t want to complain about your feet (only the other team’s suspiciously soft balls). Tuck your Skittles (Lynch’s favorite) and your silvery blue and green eye-shadow into your green clutch, along with the silver glitter coin purse (you never know if you’ll be summoned to do the coin toss) and have that turquoise Tabula Rasa blanket on hand in case you need to take a quick nap during halftime.

New England Patriots: Red, White and Blue of course

To compete with Giselle, you may need to pull out all the stops, so slip into a pair of our failure-proof pumps, and tie yourself into one of our Patriotic wraps and you’re off to the races… er… games. If you’re going for a slightly more sportif look, you may want to investigate our denim flares and a cheerful striped wrap top with a red scarf for that color pop. Don’t forget your bold red coin purse, since you’ll inevitably want to drown your sorrows at the bar when the Seahawks win AGAIN.

Finally! Don’t forget to check into our Scottsdale store on Saturday from 3-6pm where our newly minted Brand Ambassador Brittany Hampton will be meeting and greeting.

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Neutral Territory:
Weekday Separates

Between Atlanta, Scottsdale and the Grove in LA, our newest shops have the DVF team traveling to some wonderfully mild locales. For a nod to winter that’s still weather (and office) appropriate, we favor classic silhouettes, like the Lorelei button up in a neutral, modern floral, the Bethany pump in luxe umber suede, and the mid-length Gemma skirt. A Voyage tote adds a luxe finish, or pick up a Chinese New Year clutch to go day-to-night, with a touch of good luck!

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Wrap of the Moment:
The Denim Jewel

Your trusted jeans, the perfect dress… the Denim Combo Jewel is all of the above! Second skin jersey is balanced by a full denim skirt for a wrap that has an extra dose of attitude. Add an emerald mini bag to make the diamond print pop, slip on a Bethany pump and meet the new (improved) jeans and heels!

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Jessica Joffe’s Berlin

Since everyone we know has already moved, will move or is thinking about moving to Berlin, because it’s cheaper, younger, cooler, more expansive, historically more loaded, totally rogue, more German, and has better social welfare and baked goods, let’s look into what this city has to offer before you pack your bags.

When our pal JFK announced in 1963 “Ich bin ein Berliner,” half the world (well, half the German speaking world, smart alecks that they were) responded that JFK has unwittingly called himself a jelly donut. A “Berliner,” it went, is a deep-fried, sugar-powdered and jam filled yeasty bread product. What they failed to recognize is that only in Northern Germany – in Hamburg for example – is this morsel called a Berliner. In Munich it is a Krapfen and in Berlin it is in fact a Pfannkuchen. This should give you an indication of the German spirit: generally knowing everything a little better than you do, even when they don’t… And obsessed with carbs.

What Berlin has, aside from Berliners (of the bread and human variety) is a plethora of stores, museums, galleries, and wonderful restaurants you can spend all your time exploring. And because Berliners have a —shall we say— more relaxed attitude to work, you really can!

Shopping:

The most iconic and arguably one of the best luxury stores in the world is Andreas Murkudis. At this point Murkudis has a cluster of different shops around Berlin that cater to different customers and desires, but this 11,000 square foot concept store in the former offices of the Berliner Tagesspiegel is an exhibition space, design store, one off luxury purveyor and chocolate merchant. Most retailers are brought to their knees by Murkudis’ spectacular eye, unwavering taste levels and quietly forceful demeanor.

A former Murkudis manager opened MDC Kosmetik, a perfectly curated and lovely beauty shop tucked away on a side street in the still-hip neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg and carries some of the best and hardest-to-find beauty products in the world, some of which I’ve written about on this blog. Beauty treatments are also available, and if there’s something we all know about us Germans it’s our meticulousness.

Berlin is known for the tiny, specialty stores that line its streets. DSTM, which stands for Don’t Shoot the Messenger, is the brainchild of expat Jen Gilpin, whose husband Maxime Ballesteros is the wonderful and cheeky Purple Magazine photographer. Everything in the store is black, and Jen works black leather and silk experimentally to create a sculptural and sensual collection of pieces you can wear privately or publicly. Under a wrap dress her daring tights are just the thing.

Of course, if you’re running out of DVF, there’s always French department store Galeries Lafayette, where the stunning resort collection is just waiting for you to give it a home.

One of my favorite home stores ParkHaus, also in Mitte, has a stunning selection of useful and useless home goods. Beautiful and unusual antiques are dotted through the store alongside taxidermied crows, porcelain cobras, hand-carved chopping boards, miniature pianos, a highly curated section of children’s books and mustard yellow macraméd poufs. It is about as eclectic as the city itself and I never leave the store without finding at least one essential item to take with me (see: porcelain cobra).

Eating:

Since we’ve done enough shopping for one lifetime, the second most important thing to do is eat.

Berlin is home to some of the most adventurous restaurants in Germany that you’d almost forget the real stalwarts like Borchardt. Reopened in 1992 this 150-year-old former delicatessen purveyor to Kaiser Wilhelm is now the only place one might ever consider for an honest Schnitzel, people watching and a four-hour lunch. The simplest meal is often the best. This isn’t a Viennese Schnitzel, this is the real Berlin deal, hammered paper-thin and served with a spoonful of currant jam and roast potatoes, it is truly irresistible (unless you’re a vegetarian, in which case there is a chocolate shop across the street).

On the newer end of the spectrum is Crackers. Open for little more than two months in the legendary Cookies nightclub space, it promises to be everything one could hope for and more: local food in brave new iterations, excellent music and NO CLOSING TIME Tuesday through Saturday. Berlin at its finest.

If you, like me, are primarily concerned with the excellence of German bread, go no further than the Hofpfistere (literally: the Royal Baker) where you will find the holy Berliner/Krapfen/Pfannkuchen and the finest, most organic, sustainable and TASTIEST bread in the known universe.

Cultivation:

If Berlin has anything in abundance, it’s museums. It even has a MUSEUM ISLAND! It’s hard to pick favorites but two museums I never miss visiting even if I am only in the city for 24 hours are the Pergamon Museum and the Kupferstichkabinet.

The Pergamon Museum houses two of the most impressive artifacts: The Pergamon altar, excavated by German archeologist Carl Humann and then transported piece by piece from Greece to Berlin between 1878 and 1886, the structure is 35.64 metres wide and 33.4 metres deep. It is one of the most breathtaking monuments of Ancient Greek civilization to behold. Once you leave the alter room you move through a reconstruction of the Gates of Ishtar, the 8th Gate to the inner city of Babylon, a wonder in blue, and equally breathtaking. The scale of both pieces makes this museum a never-dulling experience.

The Kupferstichkabinett, the museum of drawing and prints, is an altogether less overwhelming experience, featuring drawings by the great German artist Albrecht Durer, Sandro Botticelli’s illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy and a host of others including Kirchner, Rembrandt, Breugel and Warhol.

If you’re after contemporary art, and its purchase, no better place to go than Blain Southern. Harry Blain and Graham Southern, former CEO and director of London’s Haunch of Venison gallery, opened this Berlin outpost in 2010 in the same compound as Andreas Murkudis. With an arsenal of artists and estates that include Lucien Freud’s and Lynn Chadwick’s as well as living artist Mat Collishaw and artist duo Tim Noble and Sue Webster, you will want to make sure to save enough money after your AM spree to get your hands on at least one or two spectacular pieces.

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Love Diane:
The Month of Renewal

January is the month of renewal, New Year’s resolutions… eat better, exercise, meditate etc… It is cold in many places (though some people rush to the sun) and we can’t wait for Spring clothes to arrive in the stores. It is also the month when everyone thinks of movies, the Globes, and the Oscar nominations. Who will win: Theory of Everything, Whiplash, Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Selma, The Imitation Game, Into the Woods? Keira, Emma, Meryl, Marion, Emily, Julianne, Reese? And what will they wear? Stylists are courted by designers, members of the Academy by the studios. LA is in the air… America and its modern glamour remind me of the South of France when I was a little girl… the center of glamour then: Brigitte Bardot and the gingham, Picasso and Matisse ! All of that was the inspiration of my Spring collection, Riviera… I have put gingham everywhere: dresses, skirts, pants and even gingham printed leather for the bags… coming soon for the New Year !!

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Hello, Atlanta!

Bold, vibrant and chic… Atlanta, you’re our kind of city! We are thrilled to be moving in with a new shop at Lenox Square in early February. In fact, we’re so ready to celebrate, we’ve put together a list of our favorite new neighbors. Read on, check back for more details on the opening of DVF Lenox Square, and follow us on Twitter at @DVFAtlanta!

Living Walls
Exploring the art scene is always on Diane’s travel to-do list. Take a day to tour the city-wide murals commissioned by this local non-profit.

Atlanta BeltLine
DVF’s New York Headquarters overlook the High Line Park, so Atlanta’s own rail-corridor-turned-public-space makes us feel right at home!

Amélie’s French Bakery
A true pick-me-up—Amélie’s staff has overcome employment barriers and social obstacles to become a family and team. (And the treats are amazing!)

Sweetwater Creek State Park
Diane says: “I hike for inspiration, for exercise, to be close to nature and to find clarity.” Recharge for the New Year on the trails of this peaceful, wooded preserve.

Woodfire Grill
Seasonal, sustainable, innovative and delicious—Woodfire is the spot for a special dinner after a full day exploring the city!

The St. Regis Atlanta
Whether it’s wine on the patio with a girlfriend, or a mother-daughter birthday tea, the elegant St. Regis is always perfect for a treat.

DVF Atlanta
We’re new in town… stop by and say hello! Our Lenox Square boutique is the best place in the South to explore our wrap dresses, ready-to-wear and accessories collections.

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Wrap of the Moment:
The Gracie

Your outlook, the way you move… celebrating life is a choice! Our “Celebration” Resort collection boasts embellished jumpsuits and dazzling minaudières, but the Gracie wrap dress is just as glorious. Simply cut, easy to wear, and absolutely joyful in this mix of stripes, the Gracie celebrates the everyday moment.

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