Sober and serious is one way to respond to the dismal economic outlook, but it's not the Diane Von Furstenberg way. Let other designers lay on the black; she dubbed her Fall collection "Nomad," and sent out a melting pot's worth of fabrics, embroideries, and patterns—from leopards to camouflages to tapestry prints. Von Furstenberg is betting that in "times like these," what a girl really wants is a little pizzazz. But comfort counts, too, so accompanying almost all of her wrap dresses, sacks, bubbles, and tunic-miniskirt combos were generous, slouchy cardigans or cocoon coats, as well as knit tights or leggings—some in leather, others in prints that should come in at a very nice price point. Oh, and don't forget the pompom-covered knit hats. Come evening, though, von Furstenberg left cozy behind, and moved into full-on glamour mode, channeling her own Studio 54 days with the show's closing number, a metallic ombré liquid jersey gown, which appeared on the runway as Diana Ross' hit "Upside Down" played on the soundtrack. The ageless diva was in the audience and gave von Furstenberg a big hug as the designer made her victory lap.
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