The show space at Spring Studios was filled to an inch of its life. It was very sunny and very hot, outside the windows behind me lay a beautiful New York vista and in front of me Paris Hilton. It felt as retro a moment as the rest of the show and Diane took us to the French Riviera circa Brigitte Bardot’s era so that says a lot.
Diane von Fabulous is in possession of the most phenomenal archive in the business; her own life. Her upcoming memoir is titled ‘The Woman I Wanted to Be’ and I don’t know anyone, or have no wish to know anyone, who does not want to be a little bit like Diane. She once told me in an interview, 'I have become the woman I wanted to be' and she might as well have been Moses leading me across the desert. So, when Diane says Riviera I want to see what she wore then when she dazzled everyone and everything in sight and I even want to see what she’d wear now and I bet a wrap dress or two that neither of those things was in this collection. Which is fine because once you adjusted your vision to take in the big Uptown Bardot hair and rather saccharine styling, there was plenty to get into.
Lily Donaldson opened in black and white gingham, followed by Frankie Rayder in a cropped bra top and Kendall Jenner in a white crochet dress that I’m pretty sure Jane Birkin once wore for oysters with Serge. I loved seeing the now peroxide blonde Aymeline Valade in a pair of tight, high-waisted jeans with DVF embroidered big on the back pocket and Saskia de Braw, with her pixie haircut, made her big print look seem, well… cool. I made note of one dress that stuck out for me, lucky look number 13, a green chiffon shirt dress with little buttons down the front and billowy sleeves, a nice floral print mixed with a bit of gingham. What was Diane wearing when she came out to bid us au revoir (more on that later)? I told you, I know this woman. Sure Naomi Campbell may appear to have closed the show but really, it was Diane, taking her time sashaying down the runway to Mina’s Parole Parole, singing along, of course, and reaching out to hold hands and blow kisses. And God Created Diane.