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White shirt Wednesday: DVF power prints

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As predictable as the olive in our Martini glass and as inevitable as that second piece of chocolate, Spring signals the emergence of garden florals and pastel hues. But, what to do when the sight of a peony print makes you want to puke – turn to the pros, of course. The reigning queen of bold bouquets, no seasonal rotation would be complete without the inclusion of a Diane Von Furstenberg classic.

A creative confluence of abstract designs, Chinoiserie secrets of the orient and vibrant infused silk separates, SS17 celebrates a mixed media assault on the senses. An attitude-inducing mix n’ match combo of decorated posies colour clashed with acid wash denim and midnight leather – not bad for a 70-year-old, right?

Wrong.

Whilst DVFs legacy lives on in her eponymous silk wrap dresses and playful prints, Diane has left the building. There’s a new master at the helm of the Belgian-American brand, Jonathan Saunders – the young Scot steering the high-luxe brand in a bold and imaginative new direction.

Breaking away from the flattering hourglass shapes and demure layers that have been the brand’s calling card since the early 70s, asymmetric detailing, overflowing ruffles and strong architectural lines took the place of day dresses for upscale ladies who lunch, bringing a fresh interpretation of fantasy florals kicking and screaming into our contemporary closets.

Piquing the interest of the front row’s most fashionable vanguards, Saunder’s DVF nostalgic prints and digital retrospectives are swiftly becoming the runway’s most sought after items. Nouveau riche with a decidedly eccentric downturn, we’re welcoming in a new era for spring florals that is anything but pretty.

Taking inspiration from their last ready-to-wear showcase, we’ve picked up on a few artistic slights of fancy that have sent our AMEX bill railroading into next month’s budget…

1. Silk is everything.
2. Leather and impressionistic prints work.

Giving sumptuous silk a push into an edgier avenue, these lightweight silk-twill Janeta trousers are elevated by the hyper-colourful pink and orange Floral Placement Beet print.

Given a sporty aesthetic with cinched cuffs and waistband, we’ve teamed these stunning pants with our endlessly classic VAUGHAN silk shirt and a cropped leather jacket.

A blend of opposites ideal for mid-season dressing, our winter white Hepburn shirt sits neatly in the waistband of these transitional trousers whilst the boxy fit of this metallic zippered biker adds a touch of urban allure to a festive summer vibe.

Worn with a pair of vertiginous platform heels and a leather and suede DVF hobo hold-all – this outfit screams VIP with a party bag, please. Topped off with a contrast print scarf that ties into Saunders’ large print clashing aesthetic, this look is more than just cutesy colours and rough rider leather, it’s a statement (and street style) inducing look that signals the second coming for a brand that has hallmarked women’s closets for more than four decades – long may it reign.

Pictured: VAUGHAN Hepburn silk shirt in Lion in Winter, Balenciaga cropped leather jacket, Diane von Furstenberg printed trouser and suede and leather hobo handbag, Giuseppe Zanotti sandal, Valentino silk scarf

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