Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on February 23, 2012

A collection with a surprisingly Parisian feel coming from a designer with such a strong background in defining the American woman’s style. Bright and bold, with silhouettes so clearly defined they almost look like drawings, these looks have a pleasing dramatic quality that we don’t often see with DVF. Perhaps not coincidentally, we’re not seeing a lot of the prints and layering that defined previous collections, which gives an impression of clearing the decks a bit; boiling the look down to its basic elements without being minimalist about it. The results are sexy statement-making looks for the lady who isn’t afraid to make a statement.





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  • Vaniljekjeks

    I want all of these in my closet right now.  I LOVE the colors.

    • The colors look delicious… and by that I mean edable. I WANT.

      • cluecat

        The first three rows remind me of a box of chocolates.

    • I even like the aqua top with the red skirt, and I generally hate aqua. But what a fabulous color combination.

  • kjthorp

    I love these too– there is just so much about DVF to love.
    My fave is the light raspberry dress in row 4.

    • P M

       The one with the flowers, and the black and white gloves? That’s my fave, too!

  • ADORE!!!

  • Very pretty. I love the colours too. But the models are SO tall and thin that the photos look as if they’ve been stretched. 

  • DeborahLipp

    I adore the red dress (top row) and the hands dress (row 4). The pink outfit in row 1 looks like surgical scrubs.

  • k op

    Do like DVF because of her clothing or her person? ( I really admire her moxy.)  Does it matter?  

    The continuance of her wrapping, draping and slouching fabrics works very well here.  Nice fresh details to her fabric choices, can’t help it, I love that her innovations are now classics and she provides very interesting twists this time.

  • hughman

    I can so see Barry Diller working those black pleather pants. 

    • AuntieAnonny


  • Snailstsichr

    That domino bag is just too adorable. Love the color!

  • Sally Brownson

    I love the black-and-white opera length gloves. Lord do I wish I had a good reason to wear those…

    • rougeort

      Where are the black and white ones? I only saw black and a two-tone black and orange, which I really liked.

      • Fourth row, first dress.

        I could totally wear the pantsuit (1st row, 1st picture) row to work, but what I’d really want to be wearing is the musical outfit in the 4th row.

  • MilaXX

    I’ll take one of each please. Love this collection!

  • kimmeister

    I’m intrigued by the “hands on my boobs” print in row 4.

  • clatie

    ♥♥♥♥♥.  I’d wear just about all of it 

  • Is it just me or did that last dress + model make you think “Please Rooney Mara, wear me to the Oscars!!”?  

    • oohsparkley!

      I thought the exact same thing.  Maybe because she’s styled to look just like her.  I’ve seen many other dresses from the shows that would work for Rooney.

    • rougeort

      Oh my god…now that you say it I can’t see anyone else ever wearing it.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    The lady’s got style.

  • Pupioso

    Love the domino clutch. I want one.

  • baxterbaby

    Oh how I wish DVF cut above a size 12 or 14.

  • JustJenn142

    I want that hand print dress!!!

  • alyce1213

    I must have the first dress in the second row.  I really must have it!  What color.
    This collection is très chic.  
    (The only one I’m not cwazy for is the last black dress — too generic, not very DVF at all.)

  • SatelliteAlice

    I really deeply hate the hands print but the rest is lovely.

  • rougeort

    I like most of these looks (and DVF, for that matter) but some things about this collection are just confusing me right now. WHERE ON EARTH did the martian green (second to last row, left top) and various blues (third to last row, strap of domino clutch) come from? They’re NO WHERE ELSE in this collection and as for that green, I’m pretty sure nowhere else in this fashion week either. DVF needs to learn to stick with a color story. Also, THE LAST OUTFIT IN THE SECOND ROW. Was there a lack of fabric, causing DVF to quickly grab her favorite 80’s hoochie dress and throw it on an innocent model along with two totally mismatching fabrics? OK…I guess I’m getting a little carried away. BUT STILL! 

    To end on a good note, J’ADORE the pink jumpsuit (first row, right), the two-tone opera gloves (fourth row, right), the entire fifth and seventh rows, and the bright jewel tone (NOT various other wild-card colors, DVF. Please.)

  • SewingSiren

    Magnificent ! I love the novelty bags and the dress with the hand (print or appliqué?) Also the red sheath with the “chain” collar , very nice.

  • AuntieAnonny


  • MzzPants

    LURV the evening wear….bold and sexy.

  • SewingSiren

    I just just noticed that the pink sheath shown with black and white gloves has spangles shaped like jigsaw puzzle pieces, that’s a nice one too.

  • Laurie Bergman

    OOOHHH.  Want.  Especially the red dress AND the leather gloves AND the red chain pile in row 1.  Yes, that whole look, all for me.

  • Love it. 

  • love the domino clutch!

  • I love me some DVF (omg, that first red dress)……but Catherine Malandrino wins this round.

  • Aside from the ‘tummy knot’ dresses, I will take one of everything pleas. Chic, fun, colorful. She never disappoints. The first two red dresses, the purple trench and the ‘hand’ dress are so very my thing. Love.

  • JMansm

    The interesting thing about the fact that she’s mostly working in solids is that she’s working with them the way she works with prints: the combinations shouldn’t work but they TOTALLY DO. The whole 3rd to last row is to die. 

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    very very close to can do no wrong.

    • Oh, man, I know. DVF is, IMO, The Goddess of Fashion. I love that she’s changed things up a bit, but it’s still totally her.

  • ri_dic

    Gorg. Definitely Parisian. Wish I had the shape- and the money- to wear some of these!

  • aristida_girl

    i love clean lines, and this collection has them in spades…love the solid, vibrant colors as well, along with the sense of proportion..so elegant

    • Lisa

      You absolutely read my mind.  That’s just what I was thinking, and you phrased it perfectly!

      • aristida_girl

        Thanks! Check out DVF chatting with Garance, (lucky, lovely lady!) I thought this was so cool…

        • I just spent over an hour checking out that blog. It’s really great. Thanks for the link.

          • aristida_girl

            That’s awesome! If you like her, you should check out her boyfriend…  🙂  http://www.thesartorialist.com/

          • Oooh. I’ve heard of The Sartorialist, but never took a look at it. Thanks again.

  • giiiirrrr

    Not enough prints.  I love DVF for her prints.  I usually fantasize about owning her clothes but these I just admire as a job well done.

  • I love everything except the pant lengths. I especially love that dress with the hands and the domino clutch (FUN!)


  • dress_up_doll

    I honestly don’t think I’ve seen designs and styling this modern, chic, sophisticated and with a sense of humor in a long time. I love it all and want it all.

  • Julia Olszewski

     “statement-making looks for the lady who isn’t afraid to make a statement”

  • ziarah

    Love the red dress with the latticework cowlneck; I’m surprised I haven’t seen that before. Also the dress with the black and white “hands” even though they’re a bit gropey. Rooney Mara could rock that last black dress. 

  • Love Love Love. I want that domino bag.

  • P M

    Some of the more dramatic ones look like ‘Cruella de Vil: the younger years’. But most of it is so fab, I’m inclined to want to scratch the eyes out of the young socialite / executive lucky enough to wear the original. 

  • PastryGoddess

    Love the colors!  Faboosh!

  • This is the most I’ve ever liked a DVF collection. I usually don’t much care for her work, but I love this.

  • understateddiva

    WOW!  The colors!  I especially like the lime green with burgundy.  It’s fun and modern. I like retro sometimes, but enough already.  I’ll take these modern shapes, please.

  • ccm800

    Gotta love DVF always forward but never nutty. All about the prints. 

  • michelle shields

    I bow down

  • Truly_Outrageous

    If only I can get away with holding the domino clutch in public. Im a guy by the way. Oh and I really love the colors here.

    • SewingSiren

      Perhaps it could be re-imagined as a backpack or briefcase?

      • Truly_Outrageous

        Oh my gosh, Im gonna write a letter to Diane right now! LOL. Thanks for the tip. Its a really good idea.

    • sleah_in_norcal

      you absolutely have my permission to carry that clutch, and to look fabulous doing it!

  • Martha Anderson

    rare is the runway presentation that has a lot of clothes I would want

    these are stunning and sophisticated.  I would love to have some of them.  Love the collar on the row 1 red dress.  Not a big fan of the hands dress, It is a little to “Handsy”.  The chartreuse is not my color, but a mossy green would be great.

  • bluefish

    She’s using the gloves really well here and that ain’t easy to pull off.  Love th first red dress with the interesting collar or fabric necklace or whatever it is. 

  • Amanda in Austin

    I love all of it except the acid green (which just isn’t my color). I heart DVF so hard. I wish she could be my fairy godmother.  And that domino clutch is TO DIE.

  • I love those reds. 

  • lilazander

    Very, very sexy and classy. DVF is amazing; how does she do it?

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I adore so many of these gowns but there are a couple of looks that for some reason remind me of the Dali-esque fashion show that is in the middle of that 1939 movie “The Women”   – which I still love.

  • EEKstl

    It’s gotten to the point where if I covet something for my closet, it’s usually DVF.  This is a stunning collection and I would want most of what I see here.  You go, Diane!

  • terekirkland

    With a name like Rendezvous, I expected it to look a little French, in the styling and the attitude. I love how easy most of the pieces look, as well, very effort-less chic. (most of the looks. sorry, princess fürstenberg, but I hated your hand-print dress, while I adored rodarte’s take)

  • Sarah Tyrchniewicz

     I swear I’ve seen the middle in the second to last row before… Donna Karan-ish. Still like it though. Love some of the looks here.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Love.  So much is so wearable (not affordable, but wearable anyway)!

  • VicksieDo

    This is so good!  My favorite is the second row purple off the shoulder number.  Sexy!

  • The top row in the middle and the hand-print dress are TO DIE FOR.  I love it.

  • bitterk

    I’m taken back by how much I love this.  Great colors.  The plum wrap dress has my name written all over it.  

  • formerlyAnon

    Some of these will be fetching good money on [the equivalent of] eBay in 30 years simply because women will still want to wear them. They’re not all by any means ‘unique & rarely seen,’ more ‘rarely done this well.’  The three in orange-red [jersey?] especially appeal to me. And I very much want to see the wine dress on the left of the second row worn by a woman of non-model proportions. If the horizontal gathering/ruching effect is not stretched too tight, I suspect that is a dress that could make a woman feel like a dame. In a good way.

    That hands print looks very familiar to me, I wish I could remember where I’ve seen something similar (not necessarily a garment).

  • Pterodactyl111

    The third panel in the top row looks like scrubs. Sorry. I love the hand dress though. 

  • EmilyMullasWilson

    There are some really stunning looks here, but the one with the hands all over it looks like a lot of people are grabbing for her boobs, and the apostrophes on the yellow and black coat look like sperm.  


    The only two words that come to my mind are: Absolute. Class.

    The color scheme gets a little sporadic, but I’m happy to see so much color in a collection that I really don’t mind.