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Diane von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg threw a disco safari on Sunday afternoon, inviting the whole of New York Fashion Week along for the ride. A few special guests turned up amid all the 1,000-odd editors and fans: Jessica Alba and sisters Paris and Nicky Hilton sat on the front row, while supermodels Karen Elson and Naomi Campbell took opening and closing honours on the runway.

Yes, you read that correctly: Naomi Campbell closed a NYFW show. (Well, you would have to, wouldn’t you, if invited by the grande dame of the NY fashion scene?)

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” set the tone for a feel-good show. The fluid, vivid clothes matched the music’s infectious, celebratory mood—no wonder all the models were smiling.

1970s style and nods to safaris suffused the collection. The Serengeti flavour came from silhouettes of lions printed onto vibrant silk dresses, and another dress embellished with plastic appliques of leopard spots, giraffes and big cats on the prowl. Karlie Kloss looked ready to lounge in a long, zebra-striped tunic and coordinating wide-legged trousers. Snake-print silks added to the retro flavour, especially as a blouse tucked into a dark denim maxi-skirt.

Among the most alluring pieces were crepe dresses with silky rope shoulder straps. A white jumpsuit and a couple of incredible, billowy-sleeved silk maxi dresses would have looked right at home at Studio 54, or on the set of Boogie Nights. Little of it was genuinely new, but there was a lot of what women love about DVF. Including Naomi Campbell.

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