Diane von Furstenberg and Rules in Fashion

Diane von Furstenberg and Rules in Fashion

One of my earliest fashion role models, my maternal grandmother, was always matching. Navy dress, navy shoes, navy bag, navy tights, and she always looked impeccable. There was a time when anything else was at least a faux pas, at worst a sign of bad taste. At the time, I found her the pinnacle of style. Now, I find myself drawn to mismatched patterns and other seemingly odd combinations that often leave me asking: are there rules in fashion anymore?

Jonathan Saunders Spring 2017 Collection for Diane von Furstenberg gave me an answer: no. I think we just might be living in a post-rule, creative-calls-the-shots era. Want to mix two apparently conflicting patterns together? Do it. Love a skirt on top of pants? Go for it. The point is: there are no rules but the ones you make. Isn't that liberation really the beating heart of fashion? Throughout history, but especially from Coco Chanel onward, it seems we women have been following sartorial liberation like a compass due north. We ditched physical restrictions (like the corset) decades ago, now, finally, could it be we are ditching the psychological ones? 

Ingrid Bergman has said: "Be yourself. The world worships the original." The post-rule fashion world gives us permission to do just that.

At first glance, it's not clear that either of these looks are comprised of parts that traditionally go together. On the left, a multipatterned gray and white skirt paired with a red ruffle top. On the right, a lightweight silk dress is paired with a heavy fur stole. 

More pattern plays. Is Saunders saying that what was once too much may now be just right?

It's Spring! Go ahead and wear that multicolor fur on top of a patterned coat, or head out without your pants on. Either way, put on an ankle strap pump and a large bag and seize the day!

 

Images courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg via Vogue.

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