Misty water-colored memories: 2003


Spring 2004 seemed to be all about sex Sex SEX! There were sheer little boyshorts worn with open kimonos on offer at Gucci and body-conscious mini dresses inspired by the ocean at Balenciaga. The scuba-dress with Hawaiian tourist print is so bad it's good.
Hussein Chalayan was surprisingly hitting up the erotica too, with beautiful draped and cutout dresses like this one in striped jersey with contrast piping. Ungaro offered the perfect little polka-dotted, ruffled cocktail dress.; equal parts messy charm and sex appeal. Jil Sander joined in the parade as well, using zippers to break-up her minimalist pieces and expose erogenous zones like the shoulders and hips.
At Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford cheekily exposed the breasts, in beautiful, sculpted satin. We end the year with probably one of the MOST EPIC DRESSES OF ALL TIME: Alexander McQueen's shipwreck dress, which I got to see at the Met a few years ago and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't TOTALLY dying of excitement to see it in real life. When you look at it and you think about how PEOPLE actually made this with their hands, it really blows your mind.


Fall 2004 automatically gets awesome points for being the first season that Proenza Schouler officially showed in. There was something really remarkable about their vision of wearable clothes that just had a different edge from everything else at the time. The double breasted coat with exaggerated curvilinear collar is from the future, but it also feels like something you've had in your closet forever and has become a part of you. The silver bustier dress is the perfect demure-LOOKATME piece. If you really wanted a LOOKATME though, you would've definitely headed to Gucci and grabbed this insane little red riding hood siren gown.
Louis Vuitton gave us the perfect mod-tinged double breasted leopard coat (perhaps another for Elizabeth's collection?). At Christian Dior, John Galliano mixed hard and soft in his signature way, pairing an airy green chiffon gown with a brown leather skirt with garters AND a latex turtleneck. If leather and latex are a little too extreme for you, well there was always Yves Saint Laurent, where Tom Ford created exquisite romantic pieces in velvet, lace and ribbon and made underwear part of the main attraction with exposed triangle bras.
Marc Jacobs went HELLA mod and Olivier Theyskens continued his delicate studies on femininity at Rochas with beautiful voluminous experiments, some of which would surely make people say "WHY WOULD ANYONE WEAR THAT, SHE LOOKS LIKE SHES PREGNANT" as if that was really the point at all.
You can't get more experimental than Viktor & Rolf of course, who studied volume by layering jackets upon jackets upon jackets creating crazy visual effects and beautiful cocoon-like shapes. Ever the lone ranger, Hussein Chalayan went the opposite way with the slightly enigmatic, (literally) light dress held up by black balloons.


Taj said...

the second V&R look is so AMAZAZING!!!
and that Dior looks like this old Anime my bro used to watch when I was little.

cake. said...

oh my GOD. that chalayan dress is pretty much my entire master's thesis right there. SO AMAZING.