Partying on a Sunday afternoon? Back in the late 1970s, when Studio 54 was the place to be, that was not uncommon for party animals who frequently stayed at the New York City club until the wee hours in the morning.
One designer who was a frequent habitue of Studio 54 was Diane von Furstenberg, who reminisced about her nightclub vixen days for her Fall 2013 show at New York Fashion Week on Sunday, now that she can call the shots with Yvan Mispelaere's departure.
She titled the collection "GLAM ROCK," and von Furstenberg wrote in her notes that "Life's a Party!" It sure was at her show, where disco blasted from the speakers.
"The idea is not that it's clothes for a party, but it's clothes. It's life that's a party — and that was my inspiration," the designer said in a backstage interview.
Von Furstenberg also said she recently took a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, where she became enthralled by David Bowie. And based on the sparkle strewn throughout the show, she nailed it.
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Cara Delevingne opened the show wearing one of von Furstenberg's iconic wrap dresses followed by duds that no doubt would have been approved by Steve Rubell himself. Gold lamé jackets were paired with fur vests on top of even more lamé pants, jumpsuits with metallic snakeskin jackets and belted maxi dresses. Much of the palette was colorful with hints of black, muted bright pink and red with prints inspired by graphic artist M.C. Escher. The myriad of prints looked quintessential Diane, ranging from animal prints which von Furstenberg called "leopard bark" in her notes, angel wings, birds, feather swirls and dots of rose gold and silver.
Then, as the light dimmed, von Furstenberg appeared, singing and dancing while taking her bow to the classic song, "I'm Every Woman."
Yes, you are, Diane.