Diane von Furstenberg Pre-Fall 2019

Freedom, as in ease of dressing, has always been at the core of Diane von Furstenberg’s approach to fashion. Never more so than this season, when a certain extracurricular project had her thinking about more broad-stroke freedom. Officially, von Furstenberg is chair of the museum campaign for the new Statue of Liberty Museum, opening in May. (She prefers the title “godmother of the Statue of Liberty.”)
Originally, von Furstenberg intended to connect that project to this fashion collection only discreetly. But, ever the savvy pragmatist, she reconsidered once Karl Lagerfeld and Donatella Versace referenced Lady Liberty in their Chanel Metiers d’Art and Versace pre-fall shows, respectively. “I raised $ 100 million. I’ll do Liberty, too,” she deadpanned during an appointment last month.
To von Furstenberg, fashion liberty starts with naming this season as she sees fit. “It’s summer,” she said of the range that ships in May, June and July. “It’s very difficult to turn, but it is very important if we’re going to be more DTC [direct-to-consumer] that we follow the calendar.” In deference to the still-preferred European nomenclature, she’s willing to call it “summer/pre-fall,” since the last delivery transitions to an autumnal palette.
As for the clothes themselves, von Furstenberg applied the

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