Von Furstenberg fuels the charmed-life fantasy

Associated Press Modified: September 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm •  Published: September 9, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — Diane von Furstenberg called her spring collection "Palazzo." ''La Dolce Vita" also would have worked for the clothes that debuted Sunday at New York Fashion Week.

The muse has "the polish of a princess and the heart of a gypsy," von Furstenberg said, and she travels from Rome to Marrakesh and then off to Jaipur, India.

She takes with her on this journey tunics and skinny-leg pants — practically silk leggings — to wear during the day, and a blood-orange scarf gown attached to a silver choker and cuff bracelets for the night. She brings her kiwi-green gown with a cutout neckline just in case she'll need it for a last-minute, black-tie invitation.

The trip is definitely more play than work, a bit of a departure for von Furstenberg whose label often is the workhorse of a career woman. But these clothes fuel the fantasy she might be having at her desk.

The ease with which she can switch from a pink-and-cream-colored shift to a white paillette-covered draped gown with a plunging V neck makes this woman the envy of her jet-set crowd. She has an unfussy sophistication about her, yet never appears undone.

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