Fashion Decade: 2001-2005

New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching, so I thought a fun way to commemorate a decade of fabulous fashion would be with a roundup of my favorite runway shows from the early 2000s. Tomorrow, Julie will offer her top picks!


Viktor & Rolf Fall RTW

In 2001, Dutch duo Viktor & Rolf delivered a visually striking collection inspired by cosmic black holes. Colossal collars and billowing sleeves complemented asymmetrical dresses, cropped jackets, and sophisticated separates to tailored perfection. Viktor & Rolf’s classic equation of one part performance art plus one part immaculate styling divided by wearable, truly innovative clothing shows why I chose to highlight their work today: creative, calculated risks make for a timeless runway show and collection.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall RTW

The second Marc by Marc Jacobs collection was replete with separates which I consider to be quintessentially Marc Jacobs, solidifying Jacobs’ preppy-meets-edgy signature style while simultaneously marking the origin of every fashionista’s love affair with all things Marc. Faded military coats and graffiti-printed tees intermixed with flirty ruffled skirts, a floral peplum dress, and sophisticated double-breasted wool coats to create one of my favorite collections of the decade.

Keep reading to check out the rest of my favorites from 2002 and on…


Zac Posen Fall RTW

I chose Zac Posen’s debut collection for two reasons – one: he was merely 21-years old (at 22, this puts me to shame)! And, somehow, at the tender age of 21, Posen commissioned top fashion models, like Karen Elson and Sophie Dahl, to walk in his first show. My second reason for choosing Posen’s 2001 Fall RTW is the vintage-inspired feel of the entire collection, which has since become Posen’s notorious style. I love how Posen added modern twists on classic cocktail and evening dresses to create a colorful medley that’s utterly timeless.

Anna Sui Spring RTW

Oh, I love Anna Sui. Her collections are always flirtatious, feminine, and fun, with an overarching allegiance to fashions of the past. For this particular collection, Sui seemed to be inspired by the aesthetic style of traditional western plain dwellers, and I couldn’t be happier with the bold results, as shown in the lacey frock above.


Gucci Fall RTW

Justin Timberlake didn’t bring sexy back – Tom Ford did, back in 2003, with Gucci’s Fall RTW collection. Paneled dresses, powerful outerwear, leather, fur, satin, oh my! The collection featured confident models, in gorgeous clothing of all silhouettes and jewel tones, strutting down a runway paved in spotlights, to exude the essence of Gucci: unabashedly strong beauty.

Dries Van Noten Spring RTW

One of my personal favorite styling tricks is pairing seemingly disparate prints, a concept Dries Van Noten executed to perfection in their 2003 Spring RTW collection. Love that vibrant striped skirt? Love that soft yellow top, and it’s off-center neckline? Love those two separates together? Absolutely! A cornucopia of color and prints brightened up the Dries Van Noten runway during a year of fashion that was ultimately preoccupied with neutral colors and tight tailoring.


Alexander McQueen Spring RTW

If you thought McQueen’s Spring 2010 show was ambitious, pay homage to his Spring show of 2004. Set in the Salle Wagram, a nineteenth-century Parisian dance hall, McQueen’s collection was replete with chiffon gowns, bedazzled hosiery, tulle skirts, and many other breathtaking pieces. Top runway walkers rose to the occasion for this particular performance, as they modeled McQueen’s stunning clothes after completing two weeks of intense rehearsal. The final product? A high fashion runway show that doubled as a re-enactment of the 1969 film, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? Captivating choreography and awe-inspiring clothing commingled to create one of the most impressive runway performances of the decade.

John Galliano Spring RTW

Galliano’s puff sleeves and frilly tutus are a far cry from fashion I’m typically attracted to, but I cannot help but admire the uncompromising styling of this particular show. I love the fluorescent hot pink and purple striped backdrop, reflected in the mirrored runway, and the over-the-top baby doll aesthetic. Sometimes, you have to give a designer credit, not only for their hard work, but also for their ability to create an atmosphere that’s entirely fun.


Christian Dior Spring Couture

I chose this couture collection simply based on the soft pink number pictured above. Pink is my favorite color, and I absolutely love the collar. That was easy!

Miu Miu Fall RTW

As I mentioned earlier, in regards to Dries Van Noten, I kind of have a penchant for paired prints. And, in my humble book, paisley + paisley =  perfection. I fall in love with Miu Miu every year, and 2005 was no exception. The prints, vintage-inspired silhouettes, and styling (especially Miucca’s choice of straight, side-swept locks in a side pony, which appeared in both her Miu Miu and Prada Spring 2010 collections) made for a flawless collection – one of my personal favorites from 2005, and the entire decade.

Stay tuned for Julie’s fashion show highlights tomorrow!

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  1. Adia W. 12/30/2009 at 12:31 am #

    my french oral piece mentions Viktor & Rolf’s black hole and negative energy-inspired fashion show…

  2. Vasil 12/30/2009 at 11:53 am #

    Annie, well done!
    I am super interested to see who you will feature in part 2–2006-2010…Even though some of my favorite designers, who you already covered, had PHENOMENAL shows during that period..

  3. aire 12/30/2009 at 11:59 am #

    Awesome job Annie! This post has gotten me so excited to attend fashion week again! The energy and beauty of the shows is truly magical!!

  4. Julie 12/30/2009 at 3:02 pm #

    I really, really like this idea Annie, and your picks are fantastic! Runway shows have to be one of my favorite things 🙂

  5. Annie 12/30/2009 at 3:19 pm #

    Thanks for the feedback, everyone! It was ridiculously hard to narrow down my favorites to two from each year. And Vasil, you’re totally right – Viktor & Rolf and McQueen were especially awesome in 2006 and beyond! I have a feeling Julie may shed some light on them later today:)
    I honestly can’t imagine seeing these shows in person! I expect full details in February, Aire!!!

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