Von Furstenberg owns the NY Fashion Week runway

NEW YORK (AP) — Diane von Furstenberg walked the catwalk by herself Sunday at New York Fashion Week — and that's something she hasn't done in a long time. The moment was all hers because, unlike in recent seasons when she's had a creative director at her side, she called all the shots for the fall looks.

The clothes from the "Glam Rock" collection were von Furstenberg from head to toe. One could imagine her wearing any of the wrap dresses, long her calling card, the jumpsuits or metallic jackets. Maybe von Furstenberg, who first came to the fashion industry in the 1970s, won't quite be rocking the high-shine silver leather skinny pants, but one can imagine she once did.

"The idea is not that it's clothes for a party, but it's clothes. It's life that's a party — and that was my inspiration," she said in a backstage interview.

Von Furstenberg also said that she had recently visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, which was quite a trip, and she was interested in David Bowie's look.

She isn't afraid of prints and color, and there were animal prints, angel wings and birds in a sunset palette dotted by rose gold and silver.

One of the new silhouettes was an empire-waist tunic top. That was something the crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center hasn't seen much of during the first half of seasonal previews.

The collection had a much less aggressive tone than most of the others. Remember, von Furstenberg is courting the party girl, who'd have places to wear maxi dresses and gold snakeskin jackets. It's chiffon one minute, leather the next.

"Wrapped in a swirl of twisted chain-link, she steps into the night, lights flashing. With an effortless glamour, she winks at herself and smiles at her shadow," she said in her notes.


AP Writer Nicole Evatt contributed to this report.