Misty water-colored memories: 2006


2006 was another magical year for me because that was the year I got my BS in Graphic Design and moved to New York City with dreeeaammsss in my eyeeesss. It seems that in the latter years of the 00's, Nicolas Ghesquiere really let loose and delivered some of the most epic Balenciaga collections. I think this one stands out as one of his best, the cream lace and ruffles mixed with a secretly androgynous 70's vibe with metallic jacquards was just unseen. It would be a dream to wear the beautifully subtle knee length dress with sheer overlays, and you would definitely feel invincible wearing the razor-sharp tailored jacket. The ruffle-trim jacket worn with lace inset pants is slightly over-the-top-boho, but the materials are so delicate that it becomes ethereal.
Meanwhile back on earth, Imitation of Christ was something that still existed and for some reason they had Scarlett Johanssen open the show wearing some kind of sheer black tank top worn with a white bra and some cheap-ass-looking high-waist tight jeans. Nobody knows why. At Rochas, Olivier Theyskens caused furor by sending PANTS on the runway for the very first time. They were slung on the hips with a straight slouchy fit. I imagine all the ladies with high-power suit needs rushed and bought all of them because that's what I would've done. At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld created an incredible, versatile dress trimmed with big fabric flowers at the bust and at the uneven hem. I had the misfortune of tuning in to The OC for the first time during their prom episode and as soon as I saw Mischa Barton wearing this dress I was all "WHAT? SHE CANNOT WEAR CHANEL TO THE PROM! THIS SHOW SUCKS!" and then I changed the channel in a fit of rage to like, the food network or something where things never make me angry and always make me hungry.
Florals seem to always pop up on runways during Spring, and at Lanvin, Alber Elbaz created the perfect cream shirtdress with black flowers falling diagonally from shoulder to the hem. In a collection that would fit in perfectly with the Spring 2010 offerings, Dolce & Gabbana did a bold flower print on sheer fabric, and of course, the hint of lingerie that pops up in their clothes every once in a while. On the other hand, Jil Sander showed that less really can be more, with a silk column in the best shade of blue.
Miu Miu kept it fun and flirty with starburst print silk dresses worn over white t-shirts and matching leather gloves. At Gucci, Frida Giannini finally did something I like (listen, Ima be honest, but I haven't cared about Gucci that much since Tom Ford left), with this 40's flower mish-mash outfit. Of course, it's basically the same thing that Marc Jacobs did at Louis Vuitton a few seasons before but I'm going to ignore that. Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez turned the tables and delivered a beautiful white collection at Proenza Schouler, including this quasi-toreador ensemble. I would like to find pants that fit that well. And maybe some subtly opulent ruffled white shirts, and jacket. Ok, so I want the whole thing.
Chloe was another collection that totally changed the mass market and all of a sudden there were trapeze dresses EVERYWHERE and everyone started complaining about how fashion hates women because it infantilizes them and makes them look pregnant yada yada yada, but who cares? The lace dress was killer, and we all know that the wood wedges in this collection are the stuff that blogger dreams are made of. I am still hunting down a pair of my own. I loved this mustard jacket so so much and H&M did a knockoff of it but I couldn't bring myself to buy it because it just wasn't the same thing. The little tab at the neck just KILLS me. We end the spring the same way I ended mine, with the best striped Marc by Marc Jacobs dress. Graduations are joyous, celebratory affairs you know, and what could be more celebratory than STRIPES everywhere? I got this dress as a present from my mom, I still have it of course, but have only worn it a handful of times. It always makes me feel like a lady.


We start off fall by welcoming Raf Simons to Jil Sander, and may I say that this was probably one of the most genius designer/house pairings ever. The crisp white blouse paired with a simple knee-length skirt that sparkles is the epitome of the minimalism with an edge that the house is known for, and the long black gown, well, just look at the way the skirt drapes! At Comme des Garcons, Rei Kawakubo had quite the party "haphazardly" sticking dresses into suits for the ultimate in boy/girl dressing.
Louis Vuitton kept it dark and mysterious, but also playful. The leopard print dress was a total HIT with all the editors and although pink velvet palazzo pants sound disgusting, they are truly totally awesome. Chloe elaborated on its spring theme, with perfect white dresses worn with chunky tights and lace up shoes.
Marc Jacobs went for a bit of a grunge vibe, but not via Seattle in the 90s more like en route to Paris on a fancy jet. I wanted one of those oversized knit hats SO bad, but alas, it was not meant to happen. The shoes in this collection were also exquisite, great chunky boots and pumps with beads embedded in them, all very wearable, very commanding. Proenza Schouler gave us the perfect leather jacket in the most delicious shade of chocolate brown and at Rochas, Olivier Theyskens chimney-sweep inspiration gave us a beautiful degrade gown, complete with birds sitting on electric lines.
Balenciaga's Nicolas Ghesquiere played with proportion and silhouette, with amazing curved jackets and lil' flippy voluminous skirts which were worn with the infamous horse-hooves shoes that people are still ripping off today. We end with Alexander McQueen's ruffle fiesta. This is the way to make an entrance at an event, though you probably wouldn't be able to do much eating (because of that ruffle on your face, but also because WHAT IF YOU SPILL SOMETHING?). But you know what was probably the most talked-about event that season? The hologram of Kate Moss that closed his show.


jasmine said...

It's so fun to look at photos of fashion from before I was into fashion. Happy new year!

Anonymous said...

I love the very first dress :)

Jesspgh said...

I still covet that diecut chloe number as a wedding dress option.

Lenne said...

This post reminded me of why I fell in love with fashion in the first place :D