Few shows during New York Fashion Week can top Diane von Furstenberg when it comes to a well-rounded front row. Like many other designers, she attracts It Girls (Solange Knowles), models (Coco Rocha), and socialites (Michelle Harper), but she also nabs the art stars (Fran Lebowitz), newsmakers-and-breakers (Barbara Walters), and colleagues (Oscar de la Renta). It’s quite the coup, considering that this bunch is anything but fashion show fixtures. In the end, you can’t blame them for wanting to have a bit of fun on a Sunday afternoon—if you were Anderson Cooper, would you mind taking a quick breather from covering CPAC and the war in Afghanistan?
There are, however, a few front row guests who are hard at work. With award season upon us, stylists are being pressed to come up big for their clients, and at Diane von Furstenberg they kept busy. Mary Alice Stephenson, who has worked with everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Michelle Obama, had her iPhone in hand the entire show, snapping pieces—including a fluttery sleeved black and white top and a lime green halter –that particularly caught her eye.
Behind her, Rachel Zoe was scanning the subtle-but-sultry collection for potential hits with clients. One of them—Molly Sims—attended the show as well, and kept taking photos in case Zoe missed anything (don’t be surprised if you see her on the red carpet in the knotted dress Lindsay Wixson wore down the runway). “To have a little mystery, have a little bit of allure, that’s more sexy,” Sims said about her preference for the types of understated pieces shown on the Diane von Furstenberg runway. “To wake up in the morning with no makeup on and an oversize sweatshirt with a little pair of hot pants and look just as sexy as someone in Herve Leger, showing it all out there.”
And to sum it all up, after the show, Stephenson snapped a photo of Sims and Zoe posing together—styled with big smiles, of course.