Yes, indeed. I just want to buy a cute, comfortable print dress that I can wear to work. It needs to be flattering and I want it to be colorful. Yet, it feels like every time I browse around to try and find something like that I fail--why is it that most designers are making solid and usually neutral colored dresses? I don't want something solid, I don't want ruffles, I don't want a mini and I don't want sequins. I want something normal. I feel like the Princess and the Pea! I was browsing around in my closet with a friend the other day and she pointed out that I must really like Diane von Furstenberg because I have tons of her dresses. I've never really thought about it before, but it is true. I LOVE DvF. Pictured are my DvF dresses that aren't at the cleaners, that's a pretty good amount of stuff to have by just one designer. The reason why I have so much of her stuff is simple. She makes nice, normal, flattering dresses that I can wear to work and that's what I really want.
After I thought about that, the dress that I want to buy now that I've got the spring shopping itch is quite straight forward. I want a print DvF wrap dress. I've settled on the DvF Herringbone Wrap Dress--its flattering, work-friendly and the print makes me smile. A close second is the Julian Leaf Print Dress for the exact same reason--its cute, flattering and I could wear it to work and feel great about it. These dresses create a top, middle and bottom like Tim Gunn always stresses, they give you a defined waist, they're not boring and they are appropriate to wear to an office. Home run!
What I can't figure out is why Diane von Furstenberg is the only designer that really seems to get my memos I constantly send out asking "could you please make me a nice print dress I can wear while I sit at my desk?" If you look at all of the high-profile designers that are always floundering, the one thing that they're always missing is a few dresses that their clients can buy and wear regularly. Not everyone goes to parties everyday but most women need a normal, cute dress to leave the house in. It isn't rocket science, folks. And, it isn't a wonder that DvF reopened her studio--this is what women really want.
Top picture is my own and the other two are from Saks