By KARA WEYMOUTH

Runway Images photographed by Cheryl Gorski/www.fashionmaniac.com

 

If anyone has lived a modern fairy tale, it is DIANE VON FURSTENBERG. As wife of PRINCE EGON VON FURSTENBERG from 1969 to 1983 (they separated in 1975), Diane frequently traveled the world as a princess while she was building her business. Despite the years, the rebel princess is still inspired by the Mediterranean and Marrakech (which she frequented in the 70s). So, for Spring/Summer 2013, she tapped into her past and brought her boho fairy tale to the runway.

Opening with a patterned jumpsuit reminiscent of Diane’s famous wrap dresses, the collection moved into breezy caftans and dresses worn with slim pants (a reoccurring trend for spring) and wrapped saris. Colors were bright and blocked; Sunny yellows, corals, and jeweled purples and greens wove through the collection. A two-tone blue silk top was paired with a shockingly bright blood orange crepe pants while a sparkly, red and cream sleeveless shift topped sapphire silk pants.

Eveningwear dominated the collections best moments; A blood orange halter gown held up by a metal collar was red carpet ready and a shimmery white dress showed just enough skin to tempt while remaining sophisticated. Finally, a lime silk jumpsuit proved perfect for a hot, Mediterranean night.

The models were kept fresh faced, with mostly bare, glowing skin. Eyes were lightly lined in espresso with just a smidge of mascara for dimension. With clothes this colorful, it’s best to keep makeup simple.

The clothes may have been inspired by the past, but von Furstenberg is always looking forward. This collection included a futuristic collaboration with Google, with some models wearing glasses embedded with their new Glass technology. These glasses allow their wearer to take digital video of anything they see; Diane tested them out the week before her show resulting in a behind the scenes video for her fans.

This bold collection is clearly meant for a woman ready to embrace an utterly modern version of la dolce vita.