Get the Look: Diane von Furstenberg’s Teacup Flowerpots

03/26/2014 at 12:20 PM ET

Diane von Furstenberg for Kravet
Courtesy Marion Curtis, StarPix

If a traditional floral centerpiece isn’t your cup of tea, Diane von Furstenberg has an idea for you: teacups!

At N.Y.C.’s Architectural Digest Home Design Show, the designer showed off her ingenuity by ditching a bulky centerpiece in favor of individual orchids as place settings, each planted inside a brightly patterned teacup.

This easy-to-steal idea (part of Furstenberg’s tablescape for DIFFA’s Dining by Design exhibit, featuring the new DVF for Kravet collection) is just itching to decorate the table of a bright spring brunch, bridal shower or high tea. You can even let guests take home their personal pots as party favors.

Diane von Furstenberg for Kravet
Courtesy Marion Curtis, StarPix

Following DVF’s lead, the cups don’t have to be identical as long as they complement each other. And orchids aren’t a hard-and-fast rule — simply use whatever flowers look best with the rest of your tablescape.

Goodbye, darjeeling; hello, dahlias!

—Brooke Showell

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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holly semelbauer on

I love,love,love that umbrella actually the whole look is so my style.Great design and mix of color and prints

Bellaboo on

Nope.

megan on

loud and cluttered, yuck

truth on

ok my migraine just got 10 times worse; yikes!

Guest on

Busyness is not my cup of tea.

Hilda on

Why enjoy the outdoors when you can partake in a cramped nightmare in this hideous, garish scene.

peanut on

okay, those knives are turned the wrong way……you should know better DVF!!