Purple Magazine
— F/W 2006 issue 6

Report from the Shows

PARIS, FALL WINTER 2006 / 2007

photography by STÉPHANE FEUGÈRE


These shows weren’t the only good ones of the last women’s fashion week in Paris, but they were definitely representative of the mood—heavy, medival in spirit, opulent but dark, bell-skirted warrior-women with armored looks, and masked faces. This winter the beautiful is eccentric, elegant, and yet sometimes scary, as if our fear itself were being glamorized. Dressed in uniforms fit for an ultra-glam war, or an aristocratic theatrical parade, youthful innocence looks cruel. This rigorous elegance transforms fashion clichés into cold, antisexual shrouds, and tends to define the power of femininity by way of extending the tension between male and female relationships. A sound piece by Bruce Nauman in Viktor and Rolf says it all— “No communication of any kind. I can suck you dry… Don’t touch.”

– Olivier Zahm

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F/W 2006 issue 6

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