NEW YORK (AP) — Diane von Furstenberg ended her runway show Sunday with a burst of golden confetti showering down from above, with her models — all dressed in shiny gold — dancing and cheering behind her.
It was a suitably celebratory atmosphere, enhanced by live music, for a designer who's enjoying a burst of attention this year because of the use of the wrap dress — a garment for which the word iconic is justified — in the '70s-themed Oscar-nominated film "American Hustle."
The designer has been marking the 40th anniversary of the dress this year, with an exhibition in Los Angeles, and there were a number of them on the runway Sunday, in all sorts of colors and fabrics.
Von Furstenberg's fall preview show also got attention because of its move from the tents at Lincoln Center, where the designer has always held her shows, to a large space in Lower Manhattan. She's one of several designers to have moved away from the tents.
"This year is the anniversary so it was nice to do something new," she said, explaining that she chose the name "Bohemian Wrapsody" for the collection, because of the anniversary and also because she was inspired by the Ballets Russe — a famous ballet company that performed throughout Europe and elsewhere in the early 20th century.
"And then it occurred to me that my wrap dress was originally inspired by the little sweaters that ballerinas wear," she said, referring to the pink sweaters that wrap with a ribbon above the waist. The finale of von Furstenberg's show, in which the models came out again, in shiny gold dresses, made clear reference to the little sweaters.