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Diane von Furstenberg described the woman she designed for as “wrapped in romantic silhouettes, an abstract garden of blooms against the cloud-kissed sky” for the spring 2012 collection. From her inspiration, a lineup blossomed with bright prints in neon coral, cherry, and electric blue on light-as-air fabrics. For evening, she frosted her patterns with sheer sequins for a dressed-up effervescent look. The designer personally adjusted each look before it went down the runway, and at the end, handed out American flags in honor of 9/11’s tenth anniversary for her front row guests—which included Oscar de la Renta and Valentino Garavani—to proudly wave. See our favorite looks from the DVF fashion show in the gallery.

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