A Chat with a DVF designer..
I love to chat with stylish people from all walks of life in Fashion, Beauty, Travel and Design. In honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Wrap Dress and the ‘Journey of a Dress’ exhibit, I sat down with Emily Jahn, an up and coming designer with DVF and 2010 graduate from Savannah College of Art & Design (pictured above in her own design, The Warhol Maxi, at New York Fashion Week setup):
MD: What is your favorite fashion mag and why?
EJ: It’s hard to pin down just one fashion magazine as my favorite. I tend to lean towards magazines like Numero, i-D, or V. Their editorials are always more interesting than your typical ‘nail salon’ fashion magazine. They have better photography, styling, and are much more risque with content.
MD: What is the best hidden shopping gem in New York? What did you find there?
EJ: My favorite hidden gem has to be Pippin Vintage Jewelry in Chelsea. I’m not sure how ‘hidden’ it would be considered, but they have an amazing selection of vintage jewelry that could only be rivaled by sifting through NYC’s various flea markets. They conveniently offer pieces at a range of prices, sometimes even low enough to not feel guilty.
MD: If you could create an original design for any famous figure past or present who would it be?
EJ: If I could create an original design for any famous figure past or present, it would be Jane Birkin circa her heyday in the late 60s. She’s incredibly beautiful and stylish in an admirably carefree way.
MD: What look is your favorite for DVF spring 2014? Fall 2014?
EJ: My favorite look from the DVF Spring 2014 collection, is Look #1 – of course I am biased, the dress is a new wrap created for DVF’s 40th anniversary named ‘Amelia’, after me. From our Fall 2014 collection, I’d say Look #13. The ‘cloud wave’ print was a favorite of mine this season and in this look we used it twice – as a jacquard in an over-sized cocoon coat and as a knit for a sweater dress. The straight-shaped sweater is cleverly layered over a fluted skirt to add a pop of color.
MD: What is the best style advice you have ever received and from whom?
EJ: The best style advice I have ever received is from Diane herself. One of her many mantras: ‘Be the woman you want to be.’ This advice is meant to be used as a constant reminder throughout your life to do the things you want to do, do what makes you happy. For me, it is a reiteration that you should feel comfortable and confident in your style choices – free of social ‘norms’ or judgment. Sometimes I am my most confident woman in my baggiest jeans.
MD: Can you give us your overall take on the DVF brand and the woman who wears it?
EJ: We’re told constantly that the DVF woman is sexy, effortless, and on the go. So that is where we start. If the style is too fussy to be a ‘go-to’ style, it’s not right for our girl. This girl wants a closet full of ‘friends’; dresses that you can count on when that big job interview comes up, when you are going out on a first date, 10th wedding anniversary, etc. Diane has made a living on giving women a dress that covers all of the bases – sexy enough for a man’s attention, covered enough for a woman’s respect. The fabric is comfortable for the day to day, but the prints are striking enough to make it a ‘wow’ for night. We are about catering to the ‘every woman’ who wants to be sexy, stylish, and comfortable in her own skin.
Not only did Emily design the 40th Anniversary wrap dress, the ‘Amelia’ dress, she also spear headed the DVF for Gap Kids and many other facets of design for the brand. She is a daring fashionista who marches to the beat of her own drum and we like what we hear. She is one to watch!