Olivier Theyskens must have gotten a subscription to TVLand or the American Movie Classics (AMC) channel - and caught every episode Gunsmoke, the long-running TV series set in 1873 which chronicled the exploits of the citizens of Dodge City, Kansas - a fictional outpost of the notorious American Wild, Wild West.
Rochas Spring 2006 was replete with high-necked, ruffled, floor-length gowns worthy of Dodge City's fave saloon owner, Miss Kitty. The dapper, slouchy suits had the same slick feeling as the threads favored by the villain in many a spaghetti Western - probably one of them thar' European fellas or some sorta fer'ner - and paired with a violin case bag, quite handy stashing your machine gun or other weaponry.
While we loved-loved-loved the slouchy suits, it's those floor-length, high necked ensembles we're not as enamored with. They not only felt like warmed over leftovers from fall - when this new silhouette felt so fresh & different - they are neither practical nor even that wearable (especially for spring), and are certainly not going to make a modern chick feel all that chic.
- Lesley Scott
(Runway photos from Style.com)