"My life is very much the fabric of the encounters that I've had and the respect that I have for the people I've known, including the women who wear my clothes," says Diane von Furstenberg.
The campaign marks von Furstenberg's commitment to establishing her company and her style on their own terms, independent of her image. As David Lipman says, the intention is "to move the brand away from the person, even though her soul and her spirit are still in it."
Inspired by von Furstenberg's desire to reflect the DNA of the brand -- the power of women and their courage -- Banier produced some 50 black and white images, and with strong brushstrokes, smudges, and spatters, he applied bold color and writing to each photograph to create layers of complexity, both visual and emotional, seducing the eye and the mind.
Photographed in Paris and New York, he captured Natalia in a way she had never been seen. "I found her immensely beautiful, with a very interesting soul," says Banier of Vodianova. But in the end, he says, what inspired him to take on the project was the opportunity to create an image of optimism in the life of a woman.
Known for his iconic portraits, painting and writing, Francois-Marie Banier's friendship with von Furstenberg dates back to the early seventies. The mutual appreciation for each other's talent has grown to an intimate friendship and thus inspired this seminal collaboration.
With David Lipman, as Diane's partner in this project, they have succeeded in bringing to life Diane von Furstenberg's vision for the brands debut campaign.
"With so many magazine images that are so completely retouched, we've gone in the opposite direction showing the soul of a woman. It is the most beautiful thing I've seen in my career. It's aggressive and strong in the most elegant way," says Lipman.
Like von Furstenberg's designs and strong prints, the trilogy of talent developing this campaign was spontaneous and full of chemistry. Her role in the campaign, she contends, was simply to make introductions.
"And then," she says, "Once they started, you couldn't stop them.
Diane von Furstenberg, one of the premier names in American fashion, was founded in 1972 by the designer. Renowned for its iconic dresses and prints, DVF has grown into the global luxury lifestyle brand known today. The company, headquartered in New York City, has expanded to a full comprehensive line of ready-to-wear, swimwear, handbags, footwear, luggage, accessories, fine jewelry, fragrance and rugs. Its distinct collections are sold in over 56 countries and in 22 namesake retail boutiques worldwide."