One last hurrah for these designers, (and many others whom I couldn’t fit into this blog post) from the past decade. Yesterday, Annie covered two extraordinary designer lines per year from the year 2000 to 2005. And, in this post I will be covering a few of my favorites from the end of the decade. Hope you enjoy!
The duo consisting of Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto consider themselves “Surface Decorators” who strive to make the world a prettier place. I chose them, because personally they are one of my favorite designers, and this was one of the first lines of theirs that caught my eye when I was a design student attending the Kent Fashion School. Their lines often exhibit interesting cuts, adventurous contrasting prints, and exude a fresh kitschy feel. I’m always inspired by the duo’s creations and make a point to view their newest lines as they show!
This is the year that sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy at the ages of 26 and 24 debuted their line with prices that ranged from $3,000 to $11,000 per piece. Much has abounded in just four years for these two, whose signature styles can currently be found at Target in a much affordable price range, and who also fabricated as much hype with their ties to young blogger, Tavi of Style Rookie.
Keep reading to check out the rest of my favorites from 2007 to the present day…
Fashion critics deemed Chalayan’s Fall 2007 collection as “the most thoughtful fashion exploration of the season”. The underlying theme of the season was the most important, the environment. The first garment that trodded down Calayan’s catwalk was a model in a dress that through LED technology, lit up and played its own movie of a colorful pixelated grid inspired by a cityscape. His line proceeded to show an eclectic mix of dresses and coats with the notion of a mind thinking about the seasons, and the effect they have on the way we dress.
An elevated lawn green runway over a river of mint candles, with a backdrop of rolling hills set the stage for a line that was just as striking, and looking back today was ahead of the fashion timeline. Jacob’s palette showed a mix of neutrals including white, cream, ombréd grays, and black for contrast. His silhouettes were draped knits, dropped-waist Poiret influenced dressed and many Arabian Nights inspired harem pants that critics deemed as a “hard sell”. it took a few years to trickle down, but today you can find harem pants in many trendy places, and boutiques like our own Kathryn Pant. I wore a pair of comfy knit harem pants just the other day, thanks Marc!
Jokingly described as an encounter between The Wizard of Oz and Predator, London based designer, Pugh personally described the making of his womenswear collection to resemble warrior women. His show displayed a “weirdly Hollywood-ish glamour” with a striking emphasis on the shoulders, with zippers, flannel, goat hair, and lastly PVC leather, oh my!
Molded clothes rather than fitted, precision-sliced geometric angles and unfamiliar volumes stole the show in an army of what looked like futuristc female automata. Designer Stefano Pilati claimed that he “just wanted it to be about cut, about looking at the clothes. I don’t think you want to go out advertising a brand anymore. You just want to feel proud walking down the street.” I couldn’t agree more with his statement! It’s refreshing to hear such an iconic designer speaking of style, instead of plastering his initials on a bag and sending it down the runway.
This year, the line that stood out the most (to me) was the iconic collaboration of 50 designers to commemorate Barbie’s five decades as an unparalleled fashion icon. For this show, 50 world-renowned fashion designers came together for the first time ever to showcase Barbie-inspired looks a the Mercedes-Benz Fashion week in Bryant Park. On top of the show itself, each guest invited to the show was given a complimentary Barbie doll designed specifically for the event!
This has to be one of the most fun lines I’ve seen in a long time. A Clint Eastwood dress, now that’s something even my dad could appreciate, haha! Whether you would wear the Andy Warhol dress, the Kermit coat (seen on Lady Gaga) or not, you can’t deny that despite his outlandish designs, they strike a childhood cord in all of us that more than likely would put a smile on your face! Which then could be made into a dress to match…
This has to be one of the best romances I’ve seen come together, the debut of Lady Gaga’s single playing in the background as McQueen’s reptilian cutting-edge designs take the runway. With almost too many highlights to list, his show was just as big as the shoes he sent his models down the runway in (only about, oh 10 inches high). His show personifies one of my equations for joy: dance music + cutting edge fashion = happiness.
When I was asking around for people’s opinions of influential runway shows of the past decade, my friend Kristin pointed out this most recent Vikto & Rolf show to me, stating it as “probably the first show, for me, that made me look at the show as art”. As there have been many artistic ventures by designers in the past, I was doubtful this line of theirs could have made such an impact, until I took a gander myself, and wow! The entire line is stunning, and truly amazing in both concept and execution. In addition to gorgeous feminine shades on endless amounts of tulle, some of their pieces nearly defy gravity. I am truly amazed!
Were there any shows from the past decade that we missed, that you think are worthy of mention? Have a fashionable New Year’s Eve celebration everyone!