Friday, December 02, 2005

2005 in dresses

YSL Rive Gauche

Stefano Pilati was a huge hit this year. His S/S and A/W collections got places. The whole sexy Tom Ford look was thrown out the window when Pilati concentrated more on modernising the traditional YSL look, refreshing the old with new twists on colour and cut. The yellow Flamenco dress, seen on Chloe Sevigny in New York to Gigi Leung in Hong Kong and countless Harpers and Elles all over the world certainly proved that Pilati is one hell of a wave maker.


Yes, its that Chloe blue dress which spawned more copies than fingers you have on both hands. From Zara to Mango to Topshop, it started a craze in runched tiefront bohemian tops and made its mark as THE summer dress of 2005. This is definitely a classic for keeps.

Louis Vuitton

Another dress that got places. The jewel toned and gem encrusted Louis Vuitton Fall 05 dress. It encapsulates the heady romance of Fall and exudes mystery from its ornate sparkly neckline. It welcomed many a LV party and opening and was seen over and over again so many times in Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and who knows where else, that it got tired after a while.

Roland Mouret

We were horrified, mortified to be exact, to learn that Mouret was quitting after such a pumping year. He created a silhoutte - a mix of Forties romance and Dangerous Liaisons cleavages (to quote Vogue UK) for his Fall collection that stirred a frenzy in Los Angeles and the UK. Everyone loved it, with starlets from Scarlett Johansson to Keira Knightley donning his art at red carpet events. He'll be sorely missed, but I'm sure he'll go on to do more amazing work.

A great year this has been for these designers and pray, a whole lot more to look forward to in 2006.