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Fashion Flashback:
The Wrap Jumpsuit

The Wrap Jumpsuit is having a major moment. Recently we’ve been revisiting some of our favorite wraps as part of the iconic style’s 40th anniversary, and this one is a standout! Recently spotted on Kate Hudson, this ’70s original is back as a DVF exclusive in cheetah and chain link, two of our most enduring prints. Accent the look with metallic accessories: our sexy slingback and metallic envelope clutch are au courant and ready to go!

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Fall

Runway to Reality:
Looks You Need Now

Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: The Fall 2014 Collection is off the runway and ready for our city streets! From the classic Bruna wrap dress to a bold statement coat and flirty cut-to-there frocks, here are a few of our favorites.

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Date Night:
The Bustier Sheath

What’s in a name? In this knockout dress, everything you need to know! The Bustier Ceramic Sheath is sexy, practical and form fitting—the perfect recipe for date night. You’re sure to get compliments, so don’t be afraid to show a little affection in return: a lips clutch and heart-adorned heels should deliver the message loud and clear.

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Culture

Jessica’s Picks:
Shelter Island

It’s no secret that New Yorkers flee the city like rats on a sinking ship every weekend between May and September. Presumably to give the actual rats some breathing space. Whether they’re extending an invite or angling for one, most New Yorkers know that the most secluded beaches, the clearest ocean water, the most picturesque coastline, and the freshest oysters are just 2-3 (alright 8, but only on Labor Day weekend) hours from the city. They also know that a few days of respite between Southampton and Montauk is the only antidote to a sweaty New York work-week. And you don’t even need to pack a passport.

Shelter Island, nestled between the bucolic North Fork and the beachy South Fork, was historically referred to as the Unhampton. Enterprising real estate agents have started passing it off as the “New Hampton,” though it is anything but. Comfortingly antediluvian, Shelter Island has nothing to prove and nothing new to offer, which of course makes up its enormous charm. Quaint, communal and peaceful, it is a place where time has stood comfortingly still.

Part of the joy (and hassle) of Shelter Island is that you can only reach it by ferry, either from Greenport in the North or Sag Harbor in the South. The extra 10 minutes one needs to cross the bay is just enough to acclimate to the slower pace of the island, and in some cases, keep those out who don’t know how to slow down at all. In addition nearly half of the island is owned by the Nature Conservancy – The Mashomack Preserve – which means the island will always be somewhat sparsely populated and heavily forested, which lends it an occasionally primeval feeling. There are secret hikes and beaches and sandbars, even little satellite islands like Ram and Little Ram Island or Taylor’s Island, with one beautiful early 20th Century lodge (and one tombstone) on it. The beaches are covered in the most spectacular shells and the occasional jellyfish. The bay water’s slightly warmer temperature is conducive to the strangely beautiful creatures, and should you get stung (as I did this summer) the pain is short and tolerable, though shocking.

But don’t panic. There is cell reception and high speed internet on the island as well as a few wonderful restaurants and one of my favourite antique stores in the country!

Where to Eat:

The best breakfast cappuccinos are without a doubt made by Handsome Ned (everyone’s favourite waiter) at Sunset Beach, Andre Balazs’s old standby. Later in the day, the place becomes packed and the mood changes (this may be the only party scene on the island, and gives those looking for one a run for their money), but mornings are idyllic. Cross the street and head directly for the water to sleep off your breakfast food coma in the sand.

Check out Schmidt’s Market for deliciously old-fashioned sandwiches and local produce, as well as good fresh fish.

Reddings is a one stop general shop for all your weekend newspapers and French inspired picnic sundries, including delicious salads.

Tuck Shop is a must for ice cream sundaes the size of your face, with flavors you haven’t seen since 1987 (Superman, anyone?). (75 Menantic Road)

Best become a member of the Gardiner’s Bay Country Club because after a round of eighteen holes, there is nothing better than sitting down for lobster in the dining room and feeling like you’re the youngest person on the planet. Remember: no denim, so bring your best wrap dress to change into!

If you are hoping for a slightly more urbane meal, Vine Street Cafe can compete with your favourite New York city restaurant  with a strong emphasis on locally sourced produce and seafood.

What to do:

Rent a bike at  JW Piccozzi and explore the island. Route 114 connects the northern part of the island with the southern and is very easy to navigate.

My favorite neighborhood, Shelter Island Heights (close to Sunset Beach), is one of the most pristinely preserved neighborhoods in New York. Designed by Frederik Law Olmsted (who went on to design Central Park) and Robert Morris Copeland (who designed Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard), many of the houses are built in the ornate and romantic style of the late 19th Century.

Close by is Sylvester Manor, an extraordinary 243 acre estate that dates back to 1652, which has been converted into an educational farm and can be visited most weekends.

Make sure to check out the farmer’s market which sells some of the best local cheeses, breads, pies and produce near and far.

Finally, if you’re stuck with no plans on a Friday, head down to the Perlman Music School named after the legendary violinist Izhak Perlman, where children with profound and special musical gifts are invited to participate an intensive residency during the summer and perform free concerts every Friday.

Don’t leave the island without leaving at least half your paycheck at Marika’s Antiques, my favourite antique shop in Suffolk county. With its enormous selection of midcentury modern furniture and objects, but also the odd BIedermeier console, you will have a whole day cut out for you, if you happen to be neither interested in nature, music or food.

 

 

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Fall

Runway to Reality:
Looks You Need Now

Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: The Fall 2014 Collection is off the runway and ready for our city streets! From the classic Bruna wrap dress to a bold statement coat and flirty cut-to-there frocks, here are a few of our favorites.

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Style

Date Night:
The Bustier Sheath

What’s in a name? In this knockout dress, everything you need to know! The Bustier Ceramic Sheath is sexy, practical and form fitting—the perfect recipe for date night. You’re sure to get compliments, so don’t be afraid to show a little affection in return: a lips clutch and heart-adorned heels should deliver the message loud and clear.

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Style

Fashion Flashback:
The Wrap Jumpsuit

The Wrap Jumpsuit is having a major moment. Recently we’ve been revisiting some of our favorite wraps as part of the iconic style’s 40th anniversary, and this one is a standout! Recently spotted on Kate Hudson, this ’70s original is back as a DVF exclusive in cheetah and chain link, two of our most enduring prints. Accent the look with metallic accessories: our sexy slingback and metallic envelope clutch are au courant and ready to go!

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Culture

Jessica’s Picks:
Shelter Island

It’s no secret that New Yorkers flee the city like rats on a sinking ship every weekend between May and September. Presumably to give the actual rats some breathing space. Whether they’re extending an invite or angling for one, most New Yorkers know that the most secluded beaches, the clearest ocean water, the most picturesque coastline, and the freshest oysters are just 2-3 (alright 8, but only on Labor Day weekend) hours from the city. They also know that a few days of respite between Southampton and Montauk is the only antidote to a sweaty New York work-week. And you don’t even need to pack a passport.

Shelter Island, nestled between the bucolic North Fork and the beachy South Fork, was historically referred to as the Unhampton. Enterprising real estate agents have started passing it off as the “New Hampton,” though it is anything but. Comfortingly antediluvian, Shelter Island has nothing to prove and nothing new to offer, which of course makes up its enormous charm. Quaint, communal and peaceful, it is a place where time has stood comfortingly still.

Part of the joy (and hassle) of Shelter Island is that you can only reach it by ferry, either from Greenport in the North or Sag Harbor in the South. The extra 10 minutes one needs to cross the bay is just enough to acclimate to the slower pace of the island, and in some cases, keep those out who don’t know how to slow down at all. In addition nearly half of the island is owned by the Nature Conservancy – The Mashomack Preserve – which means the island will always be somewhat sparsely populated and heavily forested, which lends it an occasionally primeval feeling. There are secret hikes and beaches and sandbars, even little satellite islands like Ram and Little Ram Island or Taylor’s Island, with one beautiful early 20th Century lodge (and one tombstone) on it. The beaches are covered in the most spectacular shells and the occasional jellyfish. The bay water’s slightly warmer temperature is conducive to the strangely beautiful creatures, and should you get stung (as I did this summer) the pain is short and tolerable, though shocking.

But don’t panic. There is cell reception and high speed internet on the island as well as a few wonderful restaurants and one of my favourite antique stores in the country!

Where to Eat:

The best breakfast cappuccinos are without a doubt made by Handsome Ned (everyone’s favourite waiter) at Sunset Beach, Andre Balazs’s old standby. Later in the day, the place becomes packed and the mood changes (this may be the only party scene on the island, and gives those looking for one a run for their money), but mornings are idyllic. Cross the street and head directly for the water to sleep off your breakfast food coma in the sand.

Check out Schmidt’s Market for deliciously old-fashioned sandwiches and local produce, as well as good fresh fish.

Reddings is a one stop general shop for all your weekend newspapers and French inspired picnic sundries, including delicious salads.

Tuck Shop is a must for ice cream sundaes the size of your face, with flavors you haven’t seen since 1987 (Superman, anyone?). (75 Menantic Road)

Best become a member of the Gardiner’s Bay Country Club because after a round of eighteen holes, there is nothing better than sitting down for lobster in the dining room and feeling like you’re the youngest person on the planet. Remember: no denim, so bring your best wrap dress to change into!

If you are hoping for a slightly more urbane meal, Vine Street Cafe can compete with your favourite New York city restaurant  with a strong emphasis on locally sourced produce and seafood.

What to do:

Rent a bike at  JW Piccozzi and explore the island. Route 114 connects the northern part of the island with the southern and is very easy to navigate.

My favorite neighborhood, Shelter Island Heights (close to Sunset Beach), is one of the most pristinely preserved neighborhoods in New York. Designed by Frederik Law Olmsted (who went on to design Central Park) and Robert Morris Copeland (who designed Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard), many of the houses are built in the ornate and romantic style of the late 19th Century.

Close by is Sylvester Manor, an extraordinary 243 acre estate that dates back to 1652, which has been converted into an educational farm and can be visited most weekends.

Make sure to check out the farmer’s market which sells some of the best local cheeses, breads, pies and produce near and far.

Finally, if you’re stuck with no plans on a Friday, head down to the Perlman Music School named after the legendary violinist Izhak Perlman, where children with profound and special musical gifts are invited to participate an intensive residency during the summer and perform free concerts every Friday.

Don’t leave the island without leaving at least half your paycheck at Marika’s Antiques, my favourite antique shop in Suffolk county. With its enormous selection of midcentury modern furniture and objects, but also the odd BIedermeier console, you will have a whole day cut out for you, if you happen to be neither interested in nature, music or food.

 

 

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The Wrap Dress Goes Uptown

You may have noticed 59th street looks a little, well, colorful today. All thanks to our friends at Bloomingdale’s who are honoring the wrap dress in their latest window design.  Created in celebration of the dress that started it all—2014, in case you haven’t heard, marks the 40th anniversary of the wrap!—the windows at 59th and Lexington were inspired by the Journey of a Dress exhibition which kicked off the year. The result is a fitting homage to a relationship between Diane and Bloomingdale’s that goes back to the early seventies. From iconic animal prints including the original 1974 wrap dress, to bold florals, vintage jumpsuits and the season’s latest styles, it truly is a window in to the world of the wrap. And we may be biased, but we think they look fabulous. Scroll through to see for yourself or visit in person now through September 8.

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Journey of a Dress:
Chriselle Lim

We’ve been sending the wrap dress around the world, and Chriselle Lim is here to share how she styles her classic chain link wrap to be at home in any landscape, from California to Korea. Read on to learn why the wrap means so much to this stylist extraordinaire.

Tell us your journey of a dress wrap story.
There are certain moments in life that mark a girl’s womanhood. For me, those moments include, to name a few: the passing of my driver’s license test, my first paycheck, moving to LA for college, and of course there was my very first wrap dress. I recall landing my first part-time internship in college, and I was incredibly excited and nervous at the same time. The day before I started my internship I received a package from my parents, and to my surprise there was a gorgeous blue DVF wrap dress inside. I immediately tried on the dress and I will never forget that moment—I felt like a woman. This dress acted as my armor of confidence and strength when I was extremely nervous and self-conscious.

How would you describe your personal style?
I like to describe my style as a juxtaposed balance of feminine and masculine. Think a sophisticated and feminine wrap dress paired with a slightly oversized men’s blazer and black booties.

What does the wrap dress mean to you?
The wrap dress to me is far more than just a dress; it has never failed to make me feel a certain way—beautiful, confident and sexy! It embodies everything a woman should be.

What is your must-have item this season?
A light purse is a must, and I’m currently obsessing over the 440 Mini Leather Crossbody Bag in Vachetta.

Diane loves mantras. Do you have any words that you live by?
My business partner sent me a quote after I got sick from overworking and it changed my life. The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered, “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future. He lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” This quote helped me put things into perspective and reminded me to always live in the present!

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What’s Your Wrap Story?

As Diane tells it, “I was 26 when I created the wrap dress. Its success allowed me to become the woman I wanted to be. Women often tell me why the wrap dress has also been important to them. Now, we are collecting stories and photos from women all over the world.” So what are you waiting for? Share yours and become a part of the journey of the dress that started it all!

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Style

Wrap of the Moment:
The Bruna

When Diane was an intern learning about prints and fabrics, she had the idea for a simple line of jersey dresses. Now, the pattern maker who helped make her first samples has received a glamorous and fitting tribute: the new Bruna wrap, look one of our 40th anniversary runway show! Bruna is pure ’70s throwback, with a statement collar, French cuffs and a wide tie belt. Accent the metallic jacquard with a sexy stiletto and a classic 440 mini—the Bruna doesn’t take much to make an entrance.

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News

The Wrap Dress Goes Uptown

You may have noticed 59th street looks a little, well, colorful today. All thanks to our friends at Bloomingdale’s who are honoring the wrap dress in their latest window design.  Created in celebration of the dress that started it all—2014, in case you haven’t heard, marks the 40th anniversary of the wrap!—the windows at 59th and Lexington were inspired by the Journey of a Dress exhibition which kicked off the year. The result is a fitting homage to a relationship between Diane and Bloomingdale’s that goes back to the early seventies. From iconic animal prints including the original 1974 wrap dress, to bold florals, vintage jumpsuits and the season’s latest styles, it truly is a window in to the world of the wrap. And we may be biased, but we think they look fabulous. Scroll through to see for yourself or visit in person now through September 8.

Share

Journey of a Dress:
Chriselle Lim

We’ve been sending the wrap dress around the world, and Chriselle Lim is here to share how she styles her classic chain link wrap to be at home in any landscape, from California to Korea. Read on to learn why the wrap means so much to this stylist extraordinaire.

Tell us your journey of a dress wrap story.
There are certain moments in life that mark a girl’s womanhood. For me, those moments include, to name a few: the passing of my driver’s license test, my first paycheck, moving to LA for college, and of course there was my very first wrap dress. I recall landing my first part-time internship in college, and I was incredibly excited and nervous at the same time. The day before I started my internship I received a package from my parents, and to my surprise there was a gorgeous blue DVF wrap dress inside. I immediately tried on the dress and I will never forget that moment—I felt like a woman. This dress acted as my armor of confidence and strength when I was extremely nervous and self-conscious.

How would you describe your personal style?
I like to describe my style as a juxtaposed balance of feminine and masculine. Think a sophisticated and feminine wrap dress paired with a slightly oversized men’s blazer and black booties.

What does the wrap dress mean to you?
The wrap dress to me is far more than just a dress; it has never failed to make me feel a certain way—beautiful, confident and sexy! It embodies everything a woman should be.

What is your must-have item this season?
A light purse is a must, and I’m currently obsessing over the 440 Mini Leather Crossbody Bag in Vachetta.

Diane loves mantras. Do you have any words that you live by?
My business partner sent me a quote after I got sick from overworking and it changed my life. The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered, “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future. He lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” This quote helped me put things into perspective and reminded me to always live in the present!

Share
News

What’s Your Wrap Story?

As Diane tells it, “I was 26 when I created the wrap dress. Its success allowed me to become the woman I wanted to be. Women often tell me why the wrap dress has also been important to them. Now, we are collecting stories and photos from women all over the world.” So what are you waiting for? Share yours and become a part of the journey of the dress that started it all!

Share
Style

Wrap of the Moment:
The Bruna

When Diane was an intern learning about prints and fabrics, she had the idea for a simple line of jersey dresses. Now, the pattern maker who helped make her first samples has received a glamorous and fitting tribute: the new Bruna wrap, look one of our 40th anniversary runway show! Bruna is pure ’70s throwback, with a statement collar, French cuffs and a wide tie belt. Accent the metallic jacquard with a sexy stiletto and a classic 440 mini—the Bruna doesn’t take much to make an entrance.

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