We always look forward to Diane von Furstenberg's flirty, feminine designs. Fall '10 is creative director Nathan Jenden's last collection with DVF before he embarks on his own line. Never afraid of color, he sent the models down the super slick runway — check out that cool wet effect — in gypsy-inspired velvet tunics, flirty printed frocks, lamé minidresses, and embellished metallic skirts. Tempering the shimmery hues are billowy knit shawls, structured double-breasted blazers, and organza-trimmed cardigans. My favorite ensemble has to be this wild, liquid-like gold lamé dress Natalia Vodianova is wearing. Check out DVF's tenacious top 10 now.
>> On Valentine's Day, Nathan Jenden will take his last runway bow as creative director of Diane von Furstenberg before shipping off to focus exclusively on his own collection, launched in 2006.
In his stead, von Furstenberg has hired Yvan Mispelaere, who was a member of Phoebe Philo's design team at Chloe and took a runway bow after her exit. He then left Chloe to join Gucci under Frida Giannini in 2006.
Jenden has been with von Furstenberg since 2001; she invested in his eponymous line when it launched and will continue to do so after Jenden leaves her company. “I have an interest in his company and I have an interest in his future, and if he wants to show in New York, then I will help him as the president of the CFDA,” von Furstenberg explained.
Jenden admitted he might show in New York in the future; he has been showing in London to give him time between von Furstenberg's show and his own. He also has plans to expand his collection into resort and accessories in the near future.
Just when I was about to frown upon Selma Blair's stylist for putting her in dowdy outfits for the Hellboy II movie photo calls, she showed up to a party in a sexy black Nathan Jenden cutout dress. I wouldn't mind if it were a tad shorter, but overall it works for Selma's off-kilter style. We've seen cut outs in all shapes and sizes, but here is a fresh approach. The cut outs almost resemble flower petals, and I love their unusual placements. The pointy Louboutin pumps and gold bangles elevate the look but don't distract from the design. Does Selma's black cutout dress wow you or bore you?
At London Fashion Week, I noticed a couple of outlandish beauty trends such as crimped hair and modern cornrow braids. But what I remember most vividly from my backstage access was the look of goth lips.
Designers like Julian MacConald, Nathan Jenden, Ossie Clark and Inbar Spector all chose a midnight lip to reflect a chic and distinguishable edge. I'm not a big fan of morbid makeup, but it definitely has shock value on the runway. Would you ever wear blood-colored lipstick?
At the Nathan Jenden spring 2008 fashion show in London, the hair look was relaxed, long and loose with a rough texture. Nathan collaborated with hair stylist Neil Moodie, who used products from Bumble and Bumble.
Neil's inspiration came from an eclectic creative vision. He imagined a modern version of a Victorian ballerina dancing hip-hop in the jungle and he executed the look by choosing natural looking, "un-done" long, tousled hair that doesn't get brushed.
For a complete list of products and step-by-step instructions on how to create this look at home, read more