I’ve been reading Diane Von Furstenburg’s autobiography, The Woman I Wanted to Be, which has inspired this post. Plus with Easter this Sunday I thought we might need some inspiration for what to wear. She was born in Brussels, to Jewish parents. Her mother was Greek-born Liliane Nahmias, a Holocaust survivor; 18 months before Fürstenberg was born, her mother was in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Furstenberg has spoken proudly about her mother’s influence in her life, crediting her with teaching her that “fear is not an option”. She initially rose to prominence when she married into the German princely House of Fürstenberg, as the wife of Prince Egon of Fürstenberg. Following their divorce in 1972, she has continued to use his family name.
In 1970 DVF started her fashion empire although the iconic wrap dress didn’t come around until 1974. Since then she has been a mainstay on the fashion scene and the wrap dress has been worn by celebrities and us common folk ever since. The wrap dress is flattering to almost every body type. The wrap effect slenderizes the waist and the jersey clings in all the right places (as long as you have correct undergarments). I personally like a sleeveless version, I think it gives you more options for Spring and Summer because you can throw a sweater or blazer on when it is still cool and in the summer wear as is. Here are two of my favorites, this sleeveless linen version is a great neutral and is a great transitional piece. But this print is signature DVF. The navy is a hot color this year and has so many possibilities for pairing. Use it as a neutral and wear bright colors.
But I know DVF dresses don’t fit every budget so luckily there are lots of knockoffs. Check out this wrap dress from BCBG, it has ever springtime color you can imagine and would be a great Easter dress. This TopShop dress is a classic black that can be worn to work or even on a casual Saturday with flip flops. I’m a huge fan of Clover Canyon, the patterns always bring a smile to my face and with all the colors it is easy to pick any color blazer to wear with it if you need. Derek Lam is not one that usually fits in the budget friendly category but I found this cream color wrap dress at a steal and it reminded me of the DVF dress tagged above.
Pick up DVF’s book and feel inspired that anything is possible and then pick up one of her dresses or even one of the knock offs and feel empowered.