Jonathan Saunders Gives Diane Von Furstenberg A New Lease Of Life

Whether it's fashion for a city-dweller or the glamourous jet-setter, Diane Von Furstenberg's latest collection didn't fail to deliver at New York Fashion Week.

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It's been a week filled with political protest fashion and re-imaginings of serious workwear.

So, Jonathan Saunders's second collection for Diane von Furstenberg, (shown in a gallery rather than as a splashy runway show) stood out for its sense of colour and joy.

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'It was about expressing clothes that had imagination,' he explained, describing the original codes of the brand.

Before there was Sex and the City, there was von Furstenberg, injecting New York nightlife with an easy glamour through her famous wrap dresses in the Seventies and Eighties.

'It was colour, it was print and about how you use those elements in a sensual way,' he adds.

Under Saunders, Diane von Furstenberg is still very much about the dress. His were cut on the bias and came in a collage of Japanese and African inspired prints.

It was colour, it was print and about how you use those elements in a sensual way.

Other looks had loose, languid layering: a quilted bomber over a graphic silk dress over lounge-y trousers, for instance.

He said: 'This was much more about how you can take all of those elements and use them in a sensual way. I think these dresses are very sensual.'

And the sense of city-dwelling, jet-setting glamour the brand's namesake is known for (most evident in his big, bold fur jackets) is also there.

But, Saunders has taken the DVF woman and positioned her in a cooler place, proving that you can make commercial, wearable clothes and still keep hold of the fashion credibility.

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