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Charity Meets Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014: DVF and DKNY

Day 4 of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week displayed the Yin and Yang of New York style and the celebration of milestone anniversaries.  The following designers need introduction by only their iconic initials.  These women bring more than great wardrobes and head turning looks – they’ve created organizations which contribute prosperity, love, and hope for all.

DVF

Diane Von Furstenberg at the 2013 DFV Awards.  Photo Credit: Zimbio.com

Diane Von Furstenberg at the 2013 DFV Awards. Photo Credit: Zimbio.com

Forty years designing for women from Park Avenue to Main Street, U.S.A., Diane Von Furstenberg is fully apprised for making a woman feel like a woman.  The DVF runway glimmered with patterns, textures and colors that will brighten up any dreary Fall day.  One of her most famous quotes sums it all up: “The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself.”  Uncomplicated femininity, strength and confidence with a signature touch, here’s to another forty years of celebrating womanhood.

How She’s Making A Difference:  

The DVF Awards are her way to contribute more than a fashion statement to women.  The DVF Awards are her way of recognizing women’s efforts, introducing causes to the public, and providing resources toward growth of their chosen causes.  $50,000 awarded to each Honoree in order to sustain and expand their contributions to women’s causes.

DVF Fall 2014 Collection:

Three Words:  70’s For Today

Favorites:  Plunging necklines, classic wrap, Bishop sleeves, Purple Haze.

Verdict:  Something for every woman, naturally.

DVF Fall 2014.  Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DVF Fall 2014. Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DVF Fall 2014.  Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DVF Fall 2014. Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DVF Fall 2014.  Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DVF Fall 2014. Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DVF Fall 2014.  Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DVF Fall 2014. Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DVF Fall 2014.  Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DVF Fall 2014. Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DVF Fall 2014.  Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DVF Fall 2014. Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DVF Fall 2014.  Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DVF Fall 2014. Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DKNY

Deemed, “The Queen of Seventh Avenue” three years after launching her label, the regalia of New York style has been defined by New York native, Donna Karan for thirty years and counting.  She debuts two of her collections this week; Donna Karan New York (high-end) and DKNY (more casual and more affordable).  Her highly anticipated DKNY campaigns are a love letter to a city that loves her right back.  This year, DKNY used stylish civilians instead of models to prowl the runway.  “DKNY really is about the streets. It’s about the streets of New York, the energy of New York, the people of New York. You know, seeing how they do their hair, and their look and their style. Designers try to keep up with them.”

Donna Karan at UCLA launching Urban Zen Integrative Therapy.  Photo Credit: Newsroom.UCLA.edu

Donna Karan at UCLA launching Urban Zen Integrative Therapy. Photo Credit: Newsroom.UCLA.edu

How She’s Making A Difference:

She’s contributed to many charities over the years, but the Urban Zen Foundation is the closest to her heart.  Losing her husband to lung cancer in 2001 generated a drive to create the foundation along side designer Sonja Nuttal.  The Urban Zen Foundation “opens avenues to support people suffering from illnesses both physically and emotionally, complementing their medical treatments and easing their suffering.”  The organization has expanded to help children and sustain cultures around the globe.

DKNY Fall 2014 Collection: 

Three Words:  I Heart NY

Favorites:  Letter jackets, sharp black layers, wide-leg leather, varsity sweaters.

Verdict:  Too cool for school.  Just like you.

DKNY Fall 2014.  Photo Credit:  Fashion GPS

DKNY Fall 2014. Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DKNY Fall 2014.  Photo Credit:  Fashion GPS

DKNY Fall 2014. Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DKNY Fall 2014.  Photo Credit:  Fashion GPS

DKNY Fall 2014. Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DKNY Fall 2014.  Photo Credit:  Fashion GPS

DKNY Fall 2014. Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DKNY Fall 2014.  Photo Credit:  Fashion GPS

DKNY Fall 2014. Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

DKNY Fall 2014.  Photo Credit:  Fashion GPS

DKNY Fall 2014. Photo Credit: Fashion GPS

 

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