When one thinks of the quintessential modern female professional with impeccable style and an impossibly balanced work and home life, the eminent Diane von Furstenberg immediately springs to mind. After founding her eponymous fashion house and subsequently originating the silk jersey wrap dress, Diane von Furstenberg is on TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2015 list, and so she should be. This year's list is particularly stylish, with the likes of Alexander Wang, Taylor Swift, and Kanye West all nabbing a spot in the rankings.
The designer has influenced workwear and indeed feminism in a myriad of subtle manners, from her now widely-shared conviction that women can have high-powered careers and families while looking effortlessly elegant, to her affinity for sprinkling prints and patterns throughout her collections. Not only did von Furstenberg define the fashion of a generation, she continues to maintain her role as a sartorial influencer for Millennials as well. In her life as well as her design, von Furstenberg is inimitable. The designer is unparalleled in her sartorial prescience and resilience. Read on for Diane von Furstenberg's most definitive, and indeed iconic, sartorial looks.
1. The Neon Silk Shift Dress
A chartreuse silk shift dress embroidered with sequined florals embodied many of von Furstenberg’s style signatures.
2. The Silver Floral Shift
A more streamlined version of her vibrantly-hued shift, von Furstenberg’s black and silver number was a classic look.
3. The Black And White Bow Frock
Both demure and ultra-feminine, von Furstenberg’s pussybow frock was the ultimate style statement.
4. The Printed Tunic Dress
Flirting with trendy gingham and classic florals, von Furstenberg fashioned this ethereal emerald tunic.
5. The Puzzle-Piece Shift
Though its print resembles the pieces of a very chic puzzle, von Furstenberg has never appeared to be less than a hyper-organized professional. The frock itself, however, belongs in the DVF archives.
6. The Leopard Print Shirt Dress And Trench
Ever a paragon of authoritative and seasoned career chic, von Furstenberg created a memorable look with two style staples: a leopard shirt dress and an offbeat trench.
7. The Obi-Tied Maxi Dress
von Furstenberg is nearly as renowned for her floor-grazing maxi dresses as she is for her iconic wrap dress, and this obi-wrapped black bias-cut rendition on the piece is a statement in itself.
8. The Google Glass
Though von Furstenberg was rarely associated with cutting-edge technology until recently, the designer’s choice to take the newly fashioned Google Glass for a test drive — and ultimately offer her very own imagining of the Google Glass on Net-a-Porter.
9. The Sapphire Sequined Gown
Both subtle and sartorially imaginative, von Furstenberg’s sapphire sequined gown overtook the night at the 2015 Vanity Fair post-Oscars soiree.
10. The Floral Wrap Dress
von Furstenberg donned a floral printed edition of her much-beloved jersey wrap dress with effortless elan.
11. The White Gala Gown
The designer posed with partner Barry Diller before entering an evening gathering, but all eyes were on her elegantly tailored white column gown with its lightly beaded neckline.
12. The Black Fur Coat
Never one to shy away from a statement topper, von Furstenberg sported a signature black fur coat to brave the chilly weather for a public appearance.
13. The Fur And Sequined Look
A fur shrug, sequined frock, and a single bloom tucked behind the ear carried von Furstenberg through her Studio 54 days.
14. The Silken Muumuu
One could not possibly evoke the baroque style of the 1960s in a more overt manner than von Furstenberg in her silken, paisley-printed muumuu with chandelier earrings and a bold cat eye.
15. The Gingham Shirt
A print now suffusing her Spring 2015 collection, von Furstenberg’s gingham is both utilitarian and the faintest bit sultry.
16. The Iconic Wrap Dress
A zebra print wrap dress encapsulates von Furstenberg’s contemporary style.
17. The Other Iconic Wrap Dress
In the process of designing one of her early collections, von Furstenberg kept her everyday look movement-friendly and visually arresting with one of her own wrap dresses and a corresponding coat.
18. The White Suiting Separates
von Furstenberg was a vision in white suiting separates while spending a moment with her daughter.
19. The White Cotton Shirt Dress
A 19-year-old von Furstenberg flaunted her already-honed fashion sense in a white cotton shirt dress while vacationing on the Riviera.
20. The Original Leopard Wrap Dress
Accented with a statement collar necklace, von Furstenberg’s quintessential leopard print wrap dress stole the spotlight from companion Andy Warhol.