Vogue Italia S/S '06 "Best Seller" Supplement
Well, this one really doesn’t need much of an introduction. These are full scans of a Vogue Italia supplemental magazine which highlights the best looks of the womenswear collections for S/S 2006. It doesn’t show EVERY single look for each runway but they have selected the top 12 looks from almost every designer you could think of. From Dolce and Gabbana and Dior by John Galliano to Undercover, Junya Watanabe, and Yohji Yamamoto, there is a little something for everyone.
Up first we have some elegant looks from Nicolas Ghesquière during his tenure at Balenciaga. The looks are contrasted between flowing frills on the sleeves and collars to slim blazers and dresses. Overall white and black seem to be the overall colors of the collection which is quite on theme for Ghesquière’s work. Meanwhile, Ann Demeulemeester takes a similar approach only using more black of course. The carefully altered ensembles are a perfect representation of the designers gothic bohemian approach to womenswear.
At this point, Hussein Chalayan was no longer a newcomer to the fashion world and really began perfecting his unique style. This collection features asymmetrical coats and tops, colorful patterns, dresses with sculptural elements, and of course, unique cuts and shapes throughout. At Givenchy, Ricardo Tischi delivered his first ready to wear collection. Bright white clothing was contrasted by dark hair and makeup on most of the looks. The looks are both complex yet simple at the same time reminiscent of McQueen’s tenure at Givenchy, albeit with a much more tame runway presentation.
Up next we have Rei Kawakubo’s Comme Des Garçons paired with protégé Junya Watanabe. Plaid and other patterns filled Kawakubo’s collection with a number of peculiarly fitting tops that look reminiscent of large curtains or drapes. Dresses and skirts are cut off and fitted at unusual angles, perfectly encompassing Kawakubo’s purposeful reconstruction of garments. Junya took a page out of Jun Takahashi’s notebook for this punk themed collection. Models walked down the runway with spiked headpieces and mohawks wearing uniformly deconstructed looks matched with camo and leather patterns.
Margiela’s models didn’t actually walk the runway, instead they were pushed down a track on a cart almost like mannequins or luggage. The most iconic of the looks in this collection has to be on the bottom row which featured the model wearing a necklace made of blue ice cubes that were slowly melting away, dyeing her white dress. Overall a great presentation for Margiela, very on brand for him. Yohji delivers some sporty luxe looks for his Y-3 label in collaboration with Adidas. I’ve always been a fan of this kind of carefully meshed mix of casual Adidas clothing mixed with Yohji’s style, it just goes together so well.
Finally we have some looks from Jun’s infamous “Tee” collection for Undercover. Definitely one of my favorite runway presentations and collections from the brand. I’m absolutely in love with the giant candles surrounding the runway that almost look like they’re floating in the dimly light room. Graphics used in this collection include “Klaus”, “Tale of Zamiang”, “Chuuut”, and other motifs. Viktor and Rolf presents another very on brand collection for this season with main colors being gold, beige, satin, and black. This has just been a brief selection of some of my favorite looks and runway shows from the S/S ‘06 collection, but if you’re interested in seeing all 118 collections, please consider becoming a paid subscriber!