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Navy Blue Thrifted DVF Dress

I lucked out recently when I spotted this Diane von Furstenberg dress at a thrift store. It’s not her signature wrap style, so I think it went unnoticed by staff and customers. Nonetheless, it’s a pretty dress, with asymmetrical front seams and a bow at the collar. It’s not too frilly or girly, which is nice. I’m not a big fan of over-the-top ruffles–and least on me.

DVF dress

Dress: Diane von Furstenberg
Tights: Target
Shoes: Poetic Licence
Cuff: Shop in Issaquah, WA

Navy will go with about anything, but I had to try it with muted purple tights. The same purple tights, in fact, that I wrote about for my latest New Year’s post. This time, I also matched my tights (always elongating) with my shoes–velvet and sparkly peep-toe heels. A little girly is fine, right?

navy and purple

So this outfit is actually the same as my New Year’s one, with one simple swap. I traded my jumpsuit for a dress to change things up completely.

sparkly shoes and muted tights

I wore this to a double-date dinner with hubby and a couple of friends. It’s looking spring-like, but nights are still cool so I appreciated the sleeves and tights. The 3/4 sleeves let me show off my “diamond” cuff. Well, it looks luxe. But at $10 I’m guessing it’s not diamond.

diamond cuff with blue dress

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Leopard Wrap Dress

One of my first exposures to designer garments was my Oma’s Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress. In the 70s, Oma (German for grandma) worked at a high-end designer shop and spent her hard-earned money on elegant apparel. Oma passed away twelve years ago today, and I still remember her fondly. She was a style icon and role model for both my mom and me.

I inherited my Oma’s DVF dress and wore it to meet the designer herself a couple of years ago. Oma would have been thrilled! I like some of the same styles my Oma liked and when I saw this DVF in a consignment shop, I pounced on it.

DVF wrap

Dress: DVF via Second Time Around (Boston)
Tights: Target
Necklace: Gifted (thanks mom!)
Boots: Consignment

It’s not vintage, but it is a wrap. And it’s animal print–one of Oma’s favorite patterns. I love classic leopard prints just like she did. And the fresh take on a classic–with blues and greens instead of shades of brown–made this all the more appealing.

bluie and green leopard

I’ve worn this dress in summer, but it works just as well with tights in cooler weather. A wrap dress is timeless and great for any season. The stretchy jersey that this one is made from makes it really comfortable. I can wear it to the office or out to dinner.

consignment dress

I’m linking up with Monday Bloom and Thrifters Anonymous today.

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DVF and Manolos: My Last Hoorah

So, you might know that I’m on a clothing shopping ban on account of the house purchase I recently made. I knew I’d landed the house when I arrived in Boston, so I decided that would be my last shopping trip for a while.

Luckily, I found Second Time Around, an amazing chain of consignment stores. I wish we had one in Seattle. Boston has three! I went to STA every day while I was in Beantown. First, I bought a pair of Tory Burch pumps (never worn!) for $50. Later, I snagged a pair of Dolce & Gabbana capris for $40 (a $600 value!). Finally, I found this DVF wrap dress ($90) and Manolo Blahniks that fit like a glove ($80).

DVF and Manolos

Dress: Diane von Furstenberg
Tank: wet Seal
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Earrings: Sears
Cuff: Lauren Harkness

The shop is high-end, and I’m not used to paying these figures for used, but wow they have great stuff. All in excellent condition, all by designers whose pieces go for much, much more in stores like Saks, Neiman Marcus, and others.

wrap and pumps

I hadn’t even planned to buy the shoes. I just grabbed them so I could try on dresses and get a proper feel for how they’d look with heels. But every dress I tried on looked fantastic with these shoes–they went with everything. It’s true about the elongating effect of a perfect nude heel.

Similarly, the Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress is a wardrobe staple. Work, dinner, date, interviews–this fits any occasion, is classic and comfortable.

DVF dress

I’m discovering the quality and timelessness of these pricier pieces means that I’ll wear them more, throw away less (because they last), and save in the long run. Let’s hope so!

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Meeting Diane von Furstenberg

I’m on cloud nine! Tonight I met Diane von Furstenberg at the Bellevue Nordstrom store. She was on tour promoting her new fragrance. I was looking for a new scent, so I popped by to sniff (and purchase) DIANE (the parfum) and meet Diane (the legend).

You might not know that my interest in style has a lot to do with my Oma (grandma). She was always a polished, fashionable woman who had great wardrobe tips. I watched, I learned, and I was lucky enough to receive her original DVF two-piece wrap from the early 1970s. I believe this pattern debuted in the ’73-’74 season at the beginning of Diane’s career.

DVF

Two-piece wrap: Vintage DVF
Tights: Hue
Necklace: Macy’s
Bag: Thrifted
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik via thrifted

I wore the outfit to meet Diane von Furstenberg. She literally invented the wrap dress and I wanted to show my appreciation of a classic item by wearing it to the event. I thought she might recognize it and be pleased that something that she designed had been worn and loved for close to forty years.

I lined up behind the velvet ropes with a lot of other women and waited for my turn. Diane was sitting on a table near the escalators. We were escorted to her one at a time for an introduction and a hello. I wasn’t trying to make a statement about me by wearing the vintage dress, but I got Diane’s attention.

When it was my turn, I walked over to her and her eyes lit up. She said, “That’s an old dress. I made that one in the 70s.” Then she asked the professional photographers to take extra photos of us together. I told her how Oma (and Diane, through Oma’s impeccable taste) influenced my style.

Here’s where it gets even more awesome: Diane offered to purchase my dress from me! She said, “Will you sell it? I’ll buy that and give you a new one.” Wow! But I couldn’t. I thanked her and told her this particular dress has a history and means too much to me.

jean_diane

Here's what I found on Twitter when I got home: http://twitpic.com/72wkcj

She shrugged and signed my parfum bottle and her headshot and I was on my way. But not before she told me that somewhere there’s a photo of her wearing this same dress. I’m going to find it.

Diane was elegant, cordial, and genuine at the meeting. I was elated. I’m not the “fan” type (for anyone), but I was excited to meet her and nervous when I did.

That was supposed to be the end of the story, but it got weird on the way back to the car. Like a klutz, I was walking to the parking lot when I decided to change direction. In the process, I tripped over my foot and landed on the ground. Full asphalt contact: first knee, then hip, and finally shoulder. All the while I was holding up my shopping bag so I wouldn’t break my autographed bottle.

I also thought that if I ripped the dress it would be worthless and Diane wouldn’t want to buy it from me (not that I’m selling it). The funny thing is, Oma was always concerned when, as a child, I fell. She’d run over and say, “how’s your dress? Wounds heal, but you can’t replace that outfit.” I loved it! Shouldn’t it be the other way around? But Oma said it in a way that made me feel better (even though I know she wasn’t joking).

So there I was, lying on the cement in Oma’s dress. I quickly got up, embarrassed, but uninjured. Then I inspected myself. The outfit was fine. Somehow I’d managed not to ruin it. Maybe Oma was looking out for me. It might have been her way of saying, “Thanks for not selling my dress. In exchange, here’s a soft landing.”

DIANE parfum and gift bag

I spritzed a bit of DIANE in my car and laughed at the crazy evening I’d had. Fashion is certainly a wild ride sometimes.

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