Spring Fashion Ready-to-Wear a Decade Ago
Time traveling back a decade or more to Spring Ready-to-Wear is not as unrealistic as it sounds – not with the level of digital technology available at our fingertips. With just a few clicks in the right search engine, you can essentially find yourself front and center at any fashion show.
Picture this – Spring 2006 Ready-to-Wear Marc Jacobs collection, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” filling the air, when Marc Jacobs paid a tribute to the teenagers of the new millennium. Designing a fresh spin on the basic “uniform,” the collection took a stroll through memory lane for any private school alumni. The show revealed a criss-cross strapped navy jumpsuit, with a crisp white collared shirt underneath. Jacobs offered a piece for the working teacher and businesswoman alike. Kim Noorda walked in a pastel blue double-breasted suit, complemented by slouchy trousers. This collection screamed team spirit and there was a piece for everyone in attendance.
While Marc took us back to school days, Donna Karan was dressing the trendy New Yorker for her everyday outings. Karan described her 2005 DKNY Spring Ready-to-Wear collection as relatable to every woman you would pass in Times Square. “It’s friendly. It’s the way New Yorkers dress today. Everything goes with a pair of jeans.” Ironically, I think this statement is as fitting today as it was back then. At the end of the day, a woman wants to be able to throw on a pair of worn-in jeans and still be the life of the party. Although there were only one pair of jeans in this collection, Karan erased the blurred lines between day and evening wear in other ways. Designing for the life of the work-to-happy hour girl, a prime example is the khaki Capri suit, skillfully blending elegant with casual. There were also pieces for the busy mother headed to lunch. Yes, this was the year of the “every day woman” and Donna Karan gave her exactly what she needed in her wardrobe.
Not every designer goes for specific demographics or wearable clothes. The late Alexander McQueen is a prime example. However, in his Spring 2006 Ready-to-Wear collection it seemed the famed designer found his own unique way to incorporate his imagination into clothes that could take you from the runway to the street. Critics claimed this collection represented a change for McQueen, some assuming an effort to raise sales. Either way when Tanya Dziahilera went down the runway in a jet-black, floor-length dress with a plunging neckline and bedazzled by a heavyweight belt and she appeared fearless and goddess like. The collection represented sexy, timeless fashion.