Fall

Fall Weddings:
the Aymeline

Bring a bit of the runway to your wardrobe in anticipation of this fall’s festivities. The Aymeline dress is fitted and flattering, with dramatic placement embroidery and subtle sequin detailing that make it a sophisticated look for any celebration. To keep you dancing ’til dawn, be sure to slip on a Bethany pump, and carry an Evil Eye clutch to bring the happy couple a lifetime of good luck!

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Available For Pre-Order:
The Woman I Wanted to Be

Candid, intimate and optimistic, Diane’s new memoir is a deeply personal look into her journey through life. Childhood insecurities, lessons from her mother, love affairs, beauty, aging, four decades in the fashion business—The Woman I Wanted to Be touches on every aspect of Diane’s life, and is sure to inspire and empower every reader with the lessons she has learned along the way.

In anticipation of the book’s release on October 28, Diane has handpicked a few of her favorite passages to read. We’ll be sharing them here over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back for more!

In this first video excerpt, hear Diane read about feeling different as a child.

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Jessica’s Fall Movie Picks

That’s right. Fall is here! (Unless you happen to live in LA where summer continues, unabated.) Fashion month is over, everyone has exchanged their garden view suites at the Meurice for dingy apartments, drivers for subway cards, statement clutches for roomy totes (you need the extra space for that folding umbrella) and carefully returned all the outlandish runway samples designed to ensnare street style photographers for slightly pilling cashmere, a sensible coat and denim. For some of us (me!) fall is the best time of year for a multitude of reasons — apples, apple picking, apple orchards, apple cider – but as the days get shorter, and the nights get colder, it’s also the best time of year to hunker down over a vat of popcorn and watch the best movies of the year. The incessant procession of film festivals comes to an end soon and has made clear which movies we’ll be talking about for the next 5 months so prick up your ears because here they are:

If you’re feeling a little paranoid, misanthropic and you don’t trust what happens to people when they leave New York for the Midwest, go see Gone Girl. One of my favorite guilty pleasures, Gone Girl the book proved Gillian Flynn writes a faster, smarter and more astutely observed novel than some authors resting on their Pulitzer-heavy laurels. In David Fincher’s hands the sinister quality of the story comes alive like no other. Opens this weekend.

If you’re not sure how to feel about your dysfunctional family, but you’re working on your compassion, check out old-fashioned family drama The Judge. Hot-shot lawyer Robert Downey Jr. returns home to Indiana for his mother’s funeral only to find his father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge who sent him to juvenile detention as a child, is suspected of murder and needs the best defense. Watch out for the brilliant Jeremy Strong playing RDJ’s mentally challenged brother. Opens October 10.

If you want to know what it takes to commit to the life of an artist, watch Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash. One of my favorite movies this year for its precision, fire and total honesty, this two-hander follows Miles Teller’s (brilliant) jazz drummer student as he gets swept up in an extreme Pygmalion relationship with the conductor of his conservatory’s jazz orchestra (an equally brilliant J.K. Simmons). A beautiful meditation on sacrifice and greatness. With a jazz soundtrack that will have you (or just me?) dancing in your seat. Opens October 10.

If you want to know what it feels like to be washed-up celebrity and need a thrill-ride, watch Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman. With literally every single known actor in its cast, this film will leave you dizzy and confused but laughing your head off. Bonus for Emma Stone doing her best to shed her wholesome image by playing a mouthy little junkie. Opens October 17.

If you’re even less interested in a coherent plot, but love a good caper, early ’70s California counter culture, Joaquin Phoenix and hot babes, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice is your movie. Hot babe Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston) shows up on Doc Sportello’s (Joaquin Phoenix) doorstep asking him to solve a mystery. Hilarity and hijinks ensue. The actors who weren’t available for Birdman are in this movie. Opens December 12.

If you are seriously questioning your own strength, watch Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure about a family who witnesses an avalanche and the patriarch’s split second decision to run away instead of saving his own family. Only the Swedes seem capable of this kind of dark and starkly observed comedy. Opens October 24.

If you’re feeling ambivalent about “America” with all its excesses and its brutish variety of masculinity or you’re often accused of brooding, Bennett Miller’s true-crime drama Foxcatcher was made for you. It tells the story of John du Pont (Steve Carell), errant heir of the DuPont fortune who finds his calling in the world of professional wrestling and develops an obsessive, ultimately murderous relationship with his protégée Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum). Opens November 14.

If you’re constantly being told that a long walk will cure all your problems, watch Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild, in which Reese Witherspoon actually takes a 1100 mile hike along the Pacific Crest to recover from a recent catastrophe (or “clear her head”). Opens December 5.

If Day of the Locusts is your favorite book, you love the dirty underbelly of Hollywood, ghosts and temper tantrum then run to see David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars. Julianne Moore plays an aging actress, Mia Wasikowska, the eerie personal assistant encroaching on her personal and professional life, and Robert Pattinson the sage driver caught between the two. Sound familiar: it’s All About Eve on steroids. Now open.

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Fall

Fall Weddings:
the Aymeline

Bring a bit of the runway to your wardrobe in anticipation of this fall’s festivities. The Aymeline dress is fitted and flattering, with dramatic placement embroidery and subtle sequin detailing that make it a sophisticated look for any celebration. To keep you dancing ’til dawn, be sure to slip on a Bethany pump, and carry an Evil Eye clutch to bring the happy couple a lifetime of good luck!

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Available For Pre-Order:
The Woman I Wanted to Be

Candid, intimate and optimistic, Diane’s new memoir is a deeply personal look into her journey through life. Childhood insecurities, lessons from her mother, love affairs, beauty, aging, four decades in the fashion business—The Woman I Wanted to Be touches on every aspect of Diane’s life, and is sure to inspire and empower every reader with the lessons she has learned along the way.

In anticipation of the book’s release on October 28, Diane has handpicked a few of her favorite passages to read. We’ll be sharing them here over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back for more!

In this first video excerpt, hear Diane read about feeling different as a child.

PRE-ORDER NOW on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Books-A-Million, Google Play and iBooks.

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Jessica’s Fall Movie Picks

That’s right. Fall is here! (Unless you happen to live in LA where summer continues, unabated.) Fashion month is over, everyone has exchanged their garden view suites at the Meurice for dingy apartments, drivers for subway cards, statement clutches for roomy totes (you need the extra space for that folding umbrella) and carefully returned all the outlandish runway samples designed to ensnare street style photographers for slightly pilling cashmere, a sensible coat and denim. For some of us (me!) fall is the best time of year for a multitude of reasons — apples, apple picking, apple orchards, apple cider – but as the days get shorter, and the nights get colder, it’s also the best time of year to hunker down over a vat of popcorn and watch the best movies of the year. The incessant procession of film festivals comes to an end soon and has made clear which movies we’ll be talking about for the next 5 months so prick up your ears because here they are:

If you’re feeling a little paranoid, misanthropic and you don’t trust what happens to people when they leave New York for the Midwest, go see Gone Girl. One of my favorite guilty pleasures, Gone Girl the book proved Gillian Flynn writes a faster, smarter and more astutely observed novel than some authors resting on their Pulitzer-heavy laurels. In David Fincher’s hands the sinister quality of the story comes alive like no other. Opens this weekend.

If you’re not sure how to feel about your dysfunctional family, but you’re working on your compassion, check out old-fashioned family drama The Judge. Hot-shot lawyer Robert Downey Jr. returns home to Indiana for his mother’s funeral only to find his father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge who sent him to juvenile detention as a child, is suspected of murder and needs the best defense. Watch out for the brilliant Jeremy Strong playing RDJ’s mentally challenged brother. Opens October 10.

If you want to know what it takes to commit to the life of an artist, watch Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash. One of my favorite movies this year for its precision, fire and total honesty, this two-hander follows Miles Teller’s (brilliant) jazz drummer student as he gets swept up in an extreme Pygmalion relationship with the conductor of his conservatory’s jazz orchestra (an equally brilliant J.K. Simmons). A beautiful meditation on sacrifice and greatness. With a jazz soundtrack that will have you (or just me?) dancing in your seat. Opens October 10.

If you want to know what it feels like to be washed-up celebrity and need a thrill-ride, watch Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman. With literally every single known actor in its cast, this film will leave you dizzy and confused but laughing your head off. Bonus for Emma Stone doing her best to shed her wholesome image by playing a mouthy little junkie. Opens October 17.

If you’re even less interested in a coherent plot, but love a good caper, early ’70s California counter culture, Joaquin Phoenix and hot babes, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice is your movie. Hot babe Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston) shows up on Doc Sportello’s (Joaquin Phoenix) doorstep asking him to solve a mystery. Hilarity and hijinks ensue. The actors who weren’t available for Birdman are in this movie. Opens December 12.

If you are seriously questioning your own strength, watch Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure about a family who witnesses an avalanche and the patriarch’s split second decision to run away instead of saving his own family. Only the Swedes seem capable of this kind of dark and starkly observed comedy. Opens October 24.

If you’re feeling ambivalent about “America” with all its excesses and its brutish variety of masculinity or you’re often accused of brooding, Bennett Miller’s true-crime drama Foxcatcher was made for you. It tells the story of John du Pont (Steve Carell), errant heir of the DuPont fortune who finds his calling in the world of professional wrestling and develops an obsessive, ultimately murderous relationship with his protégée Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum). Opens November 14.

If you’re constantly being told that a long walk will cure all your problems, watch Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild, in which Reese Witherspoon actually takes a 1100 mile hike along the Pacific Crest to recover from a recent catastrophe (or “clear her head”). Opens December 5.

If Day of the Locusts is your favorite book, you love the dirty underbelly of Hollywood, ghosts and temper tantrum then run to see David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars. Julianne Moore plays an aging actress, Mia Wasikowska, the eerie personal assistant encroaching on her personal and professional life, and Robert Pattinson the sage driver caught between the two. Sound familiar: it’s All About Eve on steroids. Now open.

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Fall

Need It Now:
The Sweater Dress

Because fall has officially arrived in the form of crisp days and cooler nights, we turn our attention to the ever practical and incredibly chic sweater dress. The epitome of effortless fall style, the Berlin pops in a bold Cloud Wave print while, oh by the way, flattering the body and keeping you cozy. Add a little edge with the Fatima bootie and a black mini bag. Or pair it with the Daphnis wool coat as it appeared on our Fall runway. Either way, it’s a win.

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Shining Example:
The Embellished LBD

Because you can never have too many little black dresses, we offer this embellished number for a bit of weekend fun. In sparkling chiffon slit up to there, it is sure to breeze through the holiday party circuit and beyond. And don’t even get us started on the shoes. The Love Heart Mesh Bootie is the statement accessory of the season and we are head over heels. Keep the love fest going and seal it with a kiss with the Flirty minaudière— then sit back and watch them swoon.

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On Learning:
Diane Reads From Her New Memoir

Candid, intimate and optimistic, Diane’s new memoir is a deeply personal look into her journey through life. Childhood insecurities, lessons from her mother, love affairs, beauty, aging, four decades in the fashion business—The Woman I Wanted to Be touches on every aspect of Diane’s life, and is sure to inspire and empower. Here, she shares a few lessons she has learned along the way.

You can also hear what Diane has to say about feeling different as a childan early love affair, and living fully.

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Living Fully:
Diane Reads From Her New Memoir

First she shared about feeling different as a child, then about an early love affair. Now, in another of Diane’s favorite passages from her upcoming memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, Diane reads about living fully.

Candid, intimate and optimistic, Diane’s new memoir is a deeply personal look into her journey through life. Childhood insecurities, lessons from her mother, love affairs, beauty, aging, four decades in the fashion business—The Woman I Wanted to Be touches on every aspect of Diane’s life, and is sure to inspire and empower every reader with the lessons she has learned along the way.

Be sure to check back for more clips!

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Fall

Love It:
The Harlow Blouse

Shake up your day with a fresh take on work-ready silhouettes. The clean, collarless Harlow blouse is the perfect canvas for bands of our favorite love knot. Accent that black and white with a chic wristlet in deep cherry and a fabulous leopard pump. Slip on the Carissa black pant to finish the look and let those prints and colors take center stage.

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Now Open:
Glendale Wrap Shop

Have you heard? We’re opening new shops in Southern California! Glendale’s grand opening is today, with Santa Monica following in November and the Grove in December. When you head to Glendale—our very first wrap shop—be sure to explore Americana at Brand, and refuel with treats from some of our favorite new neighbors!

Katsuya by Starck
With fresh Japanese/Californian cuisine and a dramatic Philippe Starck-designed interior, lunch at Katsuya will refresh all your senses. Be sure to order the Pink Power Roll, an October special with crab, tuna and sriracha that benefits the Keep A Breast Foundation.

Sugarfina
For a pick-me-up, stop by this gourmet candy boutique. Part of a sweet love story (the founders were inspired when they saw “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” on a date), Sugarfina features candies from around the globe. They’ve got everything from champagne gummy bears to pumpkin pie caramels, but Diane’s favorite is always the dark chocolate!

Bourbon Steak
For a special end to your day, stop at Bourbon Steak for dinner. Featuring seasonal local produce and organic, hormone-free meats, they also have oysters, caviar, tuna tartare, and an assortment of tasting menus—perfect for a celebration, or a long catch up with girlfriends!

So come visit us at Americana at Brand to find your favorite wrap, and shop our full accessories collection. Follow us on Twitter at @DVFGlendale for updates, and check back for more on our new California shops!

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