Jonathan Saunder’s DVF debut was all kinds of amazing

The wrap dress just got a new-season update

When Jonathan Saunders was announced as the new chief creative officer at DVF, we knew great things were on the horizon; great dresses, great prints and a great start to the new season.

Taking on Diane Von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress is no mean feat, but Saunders succeeded in giving it a modern update while staying true to the brand’s heritage.

Here’s four things you need to know about the SS17 all-new DVF collection:

The wrap dress is still centre stage
Just four months after his role was announced, Saunders staged a low-key New York Fashion Week presentation. Keeping the wrap dress very much at centre stage, he explained the background to the brand’s new-look in the show notes: ‘It began with the mission to make desirable clothes that are effortless, but imaginative,’ says Saunders. ‘It’s in keeping with Diane’s values of how a woman should feel in her clothes.’

The collection is full of confidence
The notes also explained the collection’s aim to ‘evokes confidence’, perhaps in homage to its formidable founder. Von Furstenberg is renowned for her charming and larger-than-life character and anyone who slips on one of DVF’s SS17 statement dresses, ruffled tops or flared trousers is sure to feel as bold as their brilliant prints.

There was an off-kilter coolness too
With whip-thin straps, crop tops, deep plunging necklines and risqué slits, the collection was a decidedly sexier step for Saunders and DVF.

The accessories were uh-may-zing
From the disc-shaped disco earrings and the charm-bracelet style anklets, to the ladylike single-strap handbags – the accents were just as eye-catching as the clothes themselves.

Fans of Jonathan Saunders’ now-shuttered own label range from Sienna Miller, to the Duchess of Cambridge. What will his loyal fan base make of his new designs? We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for the first spotting of a DVF SS17 dress, from the red carpet to Kensington Palace.

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