Backstage With Diane Von Furstenberg: 'I'm Not Graceful Enough To Be A Ballerina!'

10 February 2014 by

A parade of golden wrap dresses, a live performance by St. Vincent and the lady herself taking a bow amid a flurry of glittering confetti - the Diane Von Furstenberg show here in New York was a fashion feast. Grazia Daily was granted an all-access pass to the spectacle as part of our Fashion Week 360 mission, which brings you the shows from every angle, and we filmed the best bits for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to watch the highlights in the video above and read on for the best bits of our DVF day...

1. A sneak preview of the collection

It's wonderfully calm when we enter the backstage area at the Diane Von Furstenberg show held at Spring Studios. Rather than the panicked hustle and bustle you often come across, there's no pushing or shoving here - instead everyone is quietly preparing in their own areas. It's because I'm relaxed inside,' DVF tells us. There's seamstresses carefully making final stitches and steaming the dresses, Karlie Kloss updating Twitter on her laptop and the lady of the hour holding centre court and looking as resplendent as ever. She kindly welcomes a few select press to chat through her latest collection for Autumn Winter 2014, called Bohemian Wrapsody (see what she's done there? Ha). 

Diane Von Furstenberg Autumn Winter 2014 Video

'This show is inspired by Ballets Russes (a ballet company based in Paris that performed between 1909 and 1929) and the ballerinas who escaped the Russian revolution,' Diane explains as we admire the party-perfect frocks. In fact, the wrap dress, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, was originally inspired by the sweaters ballerinas wear so it's a fitting tribute. And with ballet sweeping the fitness world right now, is DVF a secret ballerina herself? 'No, I'm not graceful enough', she says. We find that very hard to believe.

2. Diane on honouring the dress that started it all

Amid the preparations, we manage to grab a one-on-one with DVF, who is just as charming as you'd imagine. After many years of experience, we wonder how she brings excitement to each show. 'I've always had a love of life and what I do as well as a of respect for women, but this year, I was very excited to open my exhibition (Journey Of A Dress chronicles the designer's wrap dress across four decades). It's the first time ever in my life that I'm actually paying respect and honouring the dress that has given me everything. When I saw the exhition, I realised how timeless it is so I've been inspired by that'.

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3. The ballerina beauties come to life

Next, it's onto the Beauty Camp where the likes of Jourdan Dunn, Karen Elson, Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss are being preened to (even more) perfection. James Kaliardos created a soft and subtle look with touches of pink highlighting eyes and cheeks. Meanwhile, Orlando Pita was on hair duty, working up romantic ballerina-esque buns with some tendrils loosely escaping.

Diane Von Furstenberg Autumn Winter 2014 Video

4. Time for rehearsal!

An hour before the show, Diane took a front row seat to watch the first catwalk run-through. 'Smile, this is a celebration!' one organiser boomed at the models. BFFs Karlie and Jourdan larked about together as they marched along the patterned carpet, comically beaming at each other. It was clear this was going to be a fun one.

Diane Von Furstenberg Autumn Winter 2014 Video

5. And the faaaabulous show

And it didn't disappoint! The party atmosphere filled the venue thanks to the killer soundtrack and the golden girls moment had FROWers agasp, with the model line-up sashaying past in an array of glittering wrap dresses before congregating on stage to do a little shimmying with Diane. The collection was the perfect ode to Diane's design icon, not to mention the wonderful woman herself.

 Diane Von Furstenberg Autumn Winter 2014 Video

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